VitAto is a popular orange sweet potato (SP) variety in Malaysia that is easy to grow, produces a large yield, and contains more nutritional components. It has a lot of potential in the cooking and baking industries. The VitAto must be turned into flour after harvesting to enable for longer storage. Designing a modernized VitAto flour processing facility with a wastewater treatment facility (process water recycling) is costly and keeping the flour price low is difficult. Therefore, comparing different process design configurations and conducting a techno-economical study is critical. Five potential process scenarios were built using the SuperPro Designer simulator, with a VitAto plant capacity of 4,000 kg/h and additional income from byproducts such as VitAto juice and VitAto protein. Purchasing cost (PC), capital expenditure (CAPEX), operating expenditure (OPEX), and net present value (NPV) were used to compare the suggested projects in order to find the most efficient and profitable ones. The alternate procedure for producing VitAto juice yields a higher NPV (US$ 13,830,000–US$ 13,867,000/year). According to the data, VitAto juice is the most profitable product, accounting for 52–60% of overall project revenue. It is thought that incorporating byproducts into the production process can boost project revenue and would benefit farmers in rural areas where VitAto could be marketed at a competitive price. The manufacturing process produces compostable biomass, which farmers can use in their planted fields. Implementing a process with water recycling and byproducts revenue can be a more profitable and long-term project that will benefit Malaysia's low- and middle-income rural areas.
Mohd Noriznan Mokhtar (2022). Techno-economic evaluation of a process for the transformation of VitAto sweet potato into value-added products. Journal of Food Process Engineering 14043: 1-14.
Artikel penuh : https://doi.org/10.1111/jfpe.14043
Tarikh Input: 27/09/2022 | Kemaskini: 06/10/2022 | ainzubaidah
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