Supercritical CO2 allows for environmentally friendlier chemical extractions.
Supercritical CO2 can be used to replace certain hydrocarbons used during the extraction process. This allows using less solvent during chemical extractions, and is thus an environmentally friendlier method of extraction. In addition, as supercritical CO2 is pressurized, it accelerates the extraction process. The net result of replacing classical solvents by CO2 is thus a faster and cleaner extraction method that has yielded promising results for the treatment of vegetal matter in CELABOR's laboratories.