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1. (WO2019009741) PROCESS OF VALORIZATION OF TOMATO POMACE
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CLAIMS

1 - Process of valorization of tomato pomace, characterized by being integrated, comprising the following sequential steps:

a) Separation by dissolution in an aqueous matrix of the soluble sugars of the tomato pomace, carried out in a mixer with mechanical agitation (5), with a stirring speed ranging from 140 to 160 rpm and using an aqueous matrix, containing sugars and compatible with human feed, resulting from the washing of the filtration cakes of the tomato pomace from the filter press with membrane plates and capacity of thermal dehydration under vacuum (6), forming a suspension of tomato pomace;

b) Solid-liquid separation of the tomato pomace suspension obtained in a), carried out in a filter press with membrane plates and capacity of thermal dehydration under vacuum (6) for obtaining tomato juice and filtration cakes;

c) Washing of the filtration cakes obtained in b), carried out in the filter press with membrane plates and capacity of thermal dehydration under vacuum (6), through washing by forced intrusion of water;

d) Thermal dehydration of the filtration cakes washed in c) , carried out in the filter press with membrane plates and capacity of thermal dehydration under vacuum (6) with the use of a thermal fluid.

2 - Process according to claim 1, characterized by the addition of the aqueous matrix compatible with human feed containing sugars, resulting from the washing of the filtration cakes in a ratio ranging from 0.5 to 2 kg of the washing solution per kg of dry pomace.

3 - Process according to claims 1 and 2, characterized in that the residence period, of the tomato pomace in the mixer with mechanical agitation (5), is between 2 and 15 minutes.

4 - Process according to claim 1, characterized in that the transportation and feed of the tomato pomace suspension to the filter press with membrane plates and capacity of thermal dehydration under vacuum (6) is carried out with a filter press feed pump of positive displacement indicated for suspensions with a solids concentration greater than 20% (9).

5 - Process according to claim 1, characterized in that the filter press with membrane plates and capacity of thermal dehydration under vacuum (6) is equipped with flexible membrane plates made of material compatible with human feed.

6 - Process according to claim 5, characterized in that the filter press with membrane plates and capacity of thermal dehydration under vacuum (6} is equipped with flexible membrane plates made of material compatible with human feed, alternating with plates of metal filtering surface.

7 - Process according to claim 1, characterized in that the filter press with membrane plates and capacity of thermal dehydration under vacuum (6) contains polypropylene monofilament filtration screens with air permeability of between 1750 and 3500 dm3/ (dm2.min) .

8 - Process according to claim 1, characterized in that the filter press with membrane plates and capacity of thermal dehydration under vacuum (6) contains filtration nets made of material compatible with human feed with a mesh aperture of less than 1000 um.

9 - Process according to claim 1, characterized in that the washing of the filtration cakes by forced intrusion is carried out with human consumption quality water in the ratio of 0.3 leg to 1.5 kg of water per kg of dry pomace, repeating the cycle of washing successively from 1 to 6 times, to a pressure not exceeding 7 bar.

10 - Process according to claim 1, characterized in that the thermal dehydration of the filtration cakes uses, as thermal fluid, water at a temperature from 75 to 98 °C for a period between 60 to 360 minutes, with the filtration cakes being subjected to an absolute vacuum pressure comprised between 20 and 150 mbar.

Lisbon, July 2nd, 2018.