Dairy Electrodialysis

Electrodialysis in dairy

Whey demineralization by MEGA electrodialysis applications

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Electrodialysis represents great potential for application in the dairy industry.

Why choose MEGA electrodialysis technology

Demineralization in Dairy Industry by Electrodialysis

Demineralization in Dairy Industry by Electrodialysis

Join our webinar about the benefits of using the electrodialysis process in the dairy industry hosted by Michal Jirdasek. Find out how to increase the thermostability of WPC and WPI, about the benefits of RALEX® electrodialysis membranes, what is the batch system, the reversation of electrodialysis, etc.

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Electrodialysis is used for the demineralization of milk ingredients like whey, UF permeates, and other dairy by-products. Those demineralized ingredients are used for the production of the following products: infant formula, breast milk substitutes, nurse and sports nutrition products, ice creams, yogurts, and partial milk substitutes in the own manufacturing process.

MEGA Electrodialysis technology generates income by converting these by-products whey into a highly profitable commodity/product.

MEGA Electrodialysis technology saves your money by eliminating additional costs connected with the eco-disposal of a mostly unusable by-product and also decreases operative expenses for crystalizing and spray drying.

Demineralization by electrodialysis is the optimal solution, particularly for liquid by-products containing a high concentration of minerals and acids, which is typically acid whey.

MEGA electrodialysis technology for dairy

What does electrodialysis do

  • Ash decrease
  • Adjustment of acidity
  • Standardization of organoleptic properties
  • Improvement of sensory properties; especially taste of acid whey
  • Increase the competitiveness of the product
  • Generates additional profit
  • Lower ecological burden of the production cycle
Advantages of MEGA Electrodialysis system in dairy

Main advantages of Electrodialysis by MEGA

  • D50, D70 and D90+ demineralization level reached only by ED
  • Batch mode
  • Design flexibility
  • The EWDU units are manufactured in compliance with strict hygienic standards
  • Reversibility of the whole ED unit
  • Low processing temperature 8 – 15 °C
  • Fully automatic process including CIP
  • Service 24/7 and remote control

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MEGA Dairy Electrodialysis Stack

MEGA´s electrodialysis technology for use in the dairy industry

Electrodialyser (ED module/stack) is the main functional component in which the electrodialysis process runs. It simply transports all charged components (minerals, acids, etc.) from the diluate loop to the concentrate loop. It is all driven by DC current.

MEGA manufactures electrodialysis reversal modules, which are used for the demineralization of various types of liquid solutions.

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Electrodialysis explained

The scheme of electrodialysis process in dairy

What is electrodialysis

Electrodialysis (ED) is an electrochemical separation process that uses electrical power (DC voltage) to transfer dissociated ions (cations or anions) and other charged compounds through ion selective membranes and forming two different loops – desalinated loop (diluate) and concentrated loop (brine).

Anion and cation exchange membranes are arranged alternately in parallel between the anode and cathode (see the schematic diagram on the left).

Each type of membrane is permeable to only one type of ion depending on the charge (+ or -) allowing both types of ions to be removed/ transferred.

Electrodialysis reversal in dairy

What is the electrodialysis reversal

The electrodialysis reversal (EDR) is a type of process when the DC polarity and concentrate and dilute loops (circuit) are periodically reversed (switched) which results in continuous self-cleaning. Thanks to the self-cleaning process the membranes have a much longer lifetime.

Minerals removed from the feed are transferred into the concentrate circuit and accumulated in the concentrate tank which is continuously diluted by soft water to prevent it from precipitation of minerals and to keep the required conductivity. pH is automatically controlled as well.

Electrodialysis batch system

Batch system

At least two tanks are required. However, the recommended number is three. The system works the following way:

Pre-concentrated by-products are pumped from the first tank to the Feed/Diluate loop (circuit) of the EWDU unit to be processed and to achieve the required demineralization rate.

When the product in the first tank (first batch) reaches the required demineralization rate, the unit switches automatically to the second tank. After the first batch is discharged, the tank is ready to be cleaned and again filled with a new pre-concentrated by-product. The first desalinated batch should be discharged. That’s why three tanks are better: the first one for the demineralization process; the second one for CIP and the last one for the new raw product, that is ready to be demineralized.

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Michal Jirdasek

Michal Jirdasek

Key Account Manager

+420 606 387 947 michal.jirdasek@mega.cz
Ales Platzer

Ales Platzer

Sales Manager

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Tereza Hudakova

Tereza Hudakova

Sales Manager

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