1500-1L Closed Loop Recirculating CO2 Benchtop Systems for Botanical Oil Extraction

Our smallest, most affordable closed loop, recirculating production system – designed specifically for small production operations with limited power and or space availability.

The patent pending 1500-1L benchtop system allows users the ability to perform subcritical and supercritical CO2 botanical oil extractions without a large capital investment.   The system runs on standard 15A, 115V power and uses a CO2 pump to recirculate and recover the CO2 after use.  The system comes complete with a recirculating chiller/heater, tools and all connections necessary for performing CO2 extractions – just add CO2!

Looking to start small and grow?  We offer an upgrade credit up to 75% of the purchase price towards the purchase of a 5L or 20L system!

System Features:1500-1L operates in the sub-critical and supercritical CO2 range

  • Quiet – 110V electrical pump means quiet operation
  • Simple to operate – no complicated control systems or computer interfaces.
  • “Set it and forget it operation” – hook up the CO2 cylinder and push start – the system does the rest automatically!
  • Safe – All vessels are designed and manufactured in accordance with ASME specifications and pressure ratings. Dual, redundant safety features protect the system from accidental overpressurization. Tubing connections are made with proven compression fitting technology – the same fittings are used on aircraft and off-shore oil platforms. Non-isolable pressure gages are on each pressure containing vessel for visual verification of depressurization prior to opening.
  • Easy to clean – All stainless steel construction. Vessels have polished interiors and quick opening/closing mechanisms. All tubing can be removed and re-assembled for thorough cleaning. Separators/collection vessels use FDA sanitary style fittings and connections.
  • Reliable – Patent pending VET (Valveless Expansion Technology) – no constrictions or regulating valves to cause clogging of the system and loss of production time.
  • Effective – Extraction media is contained in extraction vessel with integral filters. Filters also act as a liquid CO2 dispersant to avoid channeling in the product. Reversible flow through the extractor ensures all material is extracted.
  • Easy to understand – visual indication of valve positions allows for easy assessment of flow paths and system configuration.
  • Small footprint – system is designed to minimize space requirements – all operations occur from the front of the system.
Apeks Supercritical 1500-1L Benchtop System Layout

Apeks Supercritical 1500-1L Benchtop System Layout

System Specifications:

Extraction Vessel

  • Volume: 1L vessel holds up to 1/2 pound of dried and ground material
  • Pressure – maximum system operating pressure – 1500 psi (103 bar).  ASME pressure rating is 1,750 psi.
  • Temperature – max 200F (93C)
  • Materials – 304 stainless steel except closure bolts which are zinc coated grade 8 steel. Vessel interior is polished to food grade level.
  • Closures – ASME flange, both ends
  • Sealing mechanism – self energized o-ring seals
  • Filter – integral filters on flanges. 20 micron standard, other sizes available.
  • Temperature measurement – internal K type thermocouple senses actual extraction temperature
  • Jacket volume – 0.5 Liters (0.11 gallon)
  • Safety – non-isolable spring loaded safety relief valve prevents accidental over-pressurization

Separator/Collection Vessel

  • Two piece jacketed separator/collection vessel
  • Volume: 1.5 Liter
  • Pressure – Maximum system operating pressure – 500 psi (34 bar).  ASME pressure rating is 1,000 psi.
  • Temperature – up to 200F (93C)
  • Materials – 304 stainless steel
  • Closures – FDA sanitary style bolted
  • Sealing mechanism – sanitary gasket
  • Safety – non-isolable spring loaded safety relief valve prevents accidental over-pressurization

Separation Mechanism

  • Valveless Expansion Technology (VET) – flow path from extractor to separator is continuous diameter with no constrictions. Separation occurs in separator utilizing centrifugal separation and depressurization.

Heat Exchanger

  • Construction – tube in tube style
  • Materials – all 304 stainless steel
  • Cooling/Heating media – 50/50 glycol/water

Chiller/Heater

  • Recirculating water chiller/heater
  • Temperature range: -10C to 80C (14F to 176F)

Physical Dimensions – Download the dimensional specs here:1LV-SPEC

  • Extraction Unit – Length 20″, width 10″, height 24″
  • Pump - Length 24″, width 20″, height 18″
  • Chiller/heater - Length 24″, width 16″, height 24″

Electrical

  • CO2 system – 115V, 2A
  • Pump – 115V, 10A
  • Chiller/heater – 115V, 10A
  • Safety – pressure transducers monitor system pressure and shut down system to prevent accidental over-pressurization

User Supplied System Requirements

  • Extractor Electrical – 115V AC, 60 hz, 15A (standard household plug)
  • CO2 pump Electrical – 115V AC, 60 hz, 15A (standard household plug)
  • Chiller/Heater Electrical – 115V AC, 60 hz, 15A (chiller is supplied with system)
    • NOTE: 2 separate 115V, 15A circuits are required.
  • CO2 – 50# gas feed cylinder, beverage grade or better.
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