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Uses of Palm Kernel Oil and Extraction of Palm Kernel Oil

Updated on November 17, 2016

Palm Kernel Oil is used to make so many of everyday house-hold products that includes Cosmetics, Food, Medicine, Fuel, and Industrial Products. While it's Interesting to realise that your Super Glue might have been a product of Palm Kernel Oil, it is it's military application to explosives that is most Fascinating!

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This bottle of palm kernel oil could transform into a whole lot of every day house-hold materials.
This bottle of palm kernel oil could transform into a whole lot of every day house-hold materials. | Source

Uses of Palm Kernel Oil

• Weapons and Warfare - Palm kernel oil was instrumental in making weapons during the second World War. The Palmitic Acid component was one of the two most important Ingredients of the Anti-personnel Weapon popularly known as Napalm. The name is a combination of Naphthenic Acid and Palmitic Acid.

• Food and Bakery - Palm Kernel Oil is known to confer special attractive physical features and Aroma to baked Bread. It is also used for making other baked Products like Cakes and Biscuits. Palm Kernel oil is semi-solid at room temperature, hence it is suitable for making Margarine, Chocolate and some other related food products. Palm Kernel oil is further used at home for frying and cooking different types of food like Plantain Chips, Potatoe, Stew, Fried Fish, Akara, Moin Moin, etc.

• Fuel and Biodiesel - Local Africans use palm kernel oil to fuel Native Lamps for lighting in rural communities that are not connected to Electricity. Palm Kernel oil can also be directly combined with Petro-diesel or used in making Biodiesel for diesel Engines.

• Cosmetics - Palm Kernel oil is a major Ingredient for large-scale production of various types of Soap, Detergents, Hair Creams, Body Creams, and all sort of Body cream and Pomades.

• Industrial Materials - So many industrially produced common house-hold materials are made with palm Kernel oil. Some of the Products includes: Candle, Glue, Printing Inks, Grease, Rub, Washing Powder, Pharmaceutical Products, and Rubber.

Extraction of Palm Kernel Oil

The following general Procedures are essential to obtaining Palm Kernel Oil (PKO): Cracking the Kernel, Separating out the Nuts, and extracting the Oil.

The story of the various applications of Palm Kernel Oil today, are somehow linked to it's early use by local African People. Small wonder, it is fair to also explain how they obtain the Oil from the Kernel.

Local African Palm Kernel Extraction - The entire process is manual. De-hulling is done by cracking the Kernel with Stones. Each Kernel is placed on a Stone while a smaller stone is used to hit it against the bigger stone. Once the Kernel is cracked, the Nut is picked up into a Bowl, the Stone is cleaned, and another Kernel is introduced for cracking.

Next the Kernel is place inside a Pot, Covered, and heated with fire made from firewood. Heating is followed by a dense fume with characteristic Aroma that usually spread to very far places. The heat allows the oil to drain out of the Nuts leaving a black fragile charcoal-like Mass. The dense black oil is separated and stored in small containers like Bottles. Palm Kernel Oil made in this way is used by local African people for Pomade and Medicine. .

Mechanical Extraction - This could be used for Small-scale or Large-scale extraction of Palm Kernel Oil. Palm Kernels are pre-treated by Magnetic Separators that removed metallic debris that might destroy the Device. Then the Kernels are sieved to remove sands, Stones and other Impurities before cracking with inbuilt swinging Hammers. The Nuts are separated from the shells after cracking and prepared by heating before squeezing with a Srew-Press (Ram-press). The Nut are screwed through a Metallic Path (with Pores) that decreases in Diameter to the exit so that the Oil is forced out of the side while the cake is collected at the Tip of the Screw.

Finally. PKO obtained via Mechanical means are usually filled with impurities that must be removed by further processing.



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      Nwadibei augustine 19 months ago

      Good morning sir.Pls can u link me up with companies that buy palm kernel and the oil.You have really opened my eyes on the business and l really want to go into it.My regards. Augustinenwadibei@gmail. com

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      Nwadibei augustine 19 months ago

      Good morning sir.Pls can u link me up with companies that buy palm kernel and the oil.You have really opened my eyes on the business and l really want to go into it.My regards. Augustinenwadibei@gmail. com

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      FRED 20 months ago

      Hi sir, i must commend you for sharing such an expensive informatn with us here. And your message is well understood. Pls. may i know the cost of the various machines needed, and probably the ground total cost of setting up an PKO extration factory. You can reach me via my email on: fredeneche3@gmail.com. Thanks and GOD bless you sir.

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      johnny 20 months ago

      Hi very enlightening, can you please inbox me where to purchase PKO proccessing machines, johnakadang@yahoo.com

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      Jadesola 2 years ago

      My mail is adejades@gmail.com

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      Jadesola 2 years ago

      Hi, can u please explain to me how to go about starting the business and also do names and costs of the machines needed?

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      Benedicta 2 years ago

      Hello sir i would like to be connected to buyers of palm kernel oil. My email add is ogwubeni@yahoo.com

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      lilan nkeiru johnson 2 years ago

      Want to become a supplier of shea butter or palm kernel oil

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      makind e ibrahim 2 years ago

      please i need a full details on the palm kernel cracking machine

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      Ambrose Alufah 2 years ago

      The information is highly appreciated. Please can u help me with names of companies who are major buyers of palm kernel nuts and shell, thanks. Ambrose

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      Onwuka Davidson 2 years ago

      i am very happy to be enlightened by this reserch,can you pls tell me the name of all the machines needed to produce pko.you can reach me at daviesonwuka90@yahoo.com

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      EDEM ESSI 2 years ago

      Thank you for enlightenment,pls can you give the cost of EXTRACTION OF PALM KERNEL OIL MACHINE(cracking the kernel,and extracting the oil).

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      Peterklev@yahoo.com 2 years ago

      Can you please help me with cost of setting up a 5ton PKO production line

      Thanks

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      David 3 years ago

      Good evening Sir James,I read your and information and it was educating.I will inbox you in my enquries later.

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      Hennie Saaiman 4 years ago

      Thank you for such valuable information,would you please explain the difference in press machinery to produce Kernel Oil to Crude Palm Oil and Oil PALM?

      Regards

      Hennie

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      lynda 4 years ago

      thank you sir for the informations, pls can you pls tell me how much i will need to start the bussiness, the machines i will use for cracking,sqeezing the oil and how much it will cost. EMAIL ME showfavour@yahoo.com

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      Prisca kajo 4 years ago

      thank you for this enlightening research work, please, I will like to access a full version of the research laboratory procedures

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      James Agbogun 4 years ago

      Mr Afolabi Shotunde, please tell me how to get to you.

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      AFOLABI SHOTUNDE 4 years ago

      SIR, YOUR RESEARCH HAS BEEN VERY ENLIGHTENING.PLEASE CAN YOU LINK ME WITH SOMEONE WHO CAN FABRICATE PALM KERNEL CRACKING MACHINE ?

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      James Agbogun 4 years ago

      god_emi@yahoo.com- Certainly result is on the way.

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      James Agbogun 4 years ago

      Prisca ngunan kajo, am happy to be informed of your project and the similarity to this subject. So grateful that it was helpful. Wishing you the best!

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      James Agbogun 4 years ago

      stephenanie, am working on your request. A positive response is on the way.

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      stephanie 4 years ago

      thanks for the information.could you please link me to those i can sell palm kernel and palm kernel oil. please email me at ubysmith@gmail.com.thanks.

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      Prisca ngunan kajo 4 years ago

      Thanks a lot for putting these work on air i have benefited a lot from it.am a final year student my project work is on extraction and analysis of palm kernel oil.

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      god_emi@yaoho.com 4 years ago

      Hi sir, i really appreacite ur research . please can u kindly download the machine that can be use for processing of pko

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      god_emi@yaoho.com 4 years ago

      Hi sir, i really appreacite ur research . please can u kindly download the machine that can be use for processing of pko

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      James Agbogun 4 years ago

      Hello Mike Adeleke! Positive response is on the way!

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      Mike adeleke 4 years ago

      It's a good research. Sir kindly mail me the amount to start ,how to get kernel , tools to use for the production.micsteelum38@yahoo.com

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      Sheriff oke 4 years ago

      Thanks for the information. Please can you tell me where to sell palm kernel. Please mail me on sharoff4real@yahoo.co.uk

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      Sheriff oke 4 years ago

      Thanks for the information. Please can you tell me where to sell palm kernel

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      James Agbogun 4 years ago

      akaninyene ikoedem essien, I don't think we should define it as a drink. Let's just call it oil, at the moment.

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      akaninyene ikoedem essien 4 years ago

      how can i define palmkernl as drink

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      James Agbogun 4 years ago

      See you soon, Taiwo Kolawole!

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      Taiwo kolawole 4 years ago

      Thanks 4 this great oppurtunity,it has been longing 2 invest on palm kernel nuts.can u please put me true it or where can i sell product.u can connect me this agbomojo4real@yahoo.com

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      Taiwo kolawole 4 years ago

      Thanks 4 this great oppurtunity,it has been longing 2 invest on palm kernel nuts.can u please put me true it or where can i sell product.

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      Rose 5 years ago

      I have been longing to invest on palm kernel nuts. Can u pls link me to where I can sell them. Thanks, u can reach me on rosyrich2001@yahoo.com

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      ERIC HANSON 5 years ago

      Thanks for your tremendous studies on Palm kernel oil. It has been my interest to engage into PKO Business and wants to be part of your TEAM.

      E-mail: stgermain99@yahoo.com

      Ghana

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      kc 5 years ago

      l want to be certain,this is right.where l come from,palm kernel oil is given to infants,new months l mean.it is said that it stops cough n d mucous that gathers at the chest as a result of cold.suprisingly,it works.so,what really does the oil contain that stops the above mentioned.

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      mark 5 years ago

      do u know how grease is made frm pko? pls share the info wit me.colixco@yahoo.com.thanx

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      James Agbogun 5 years ago

      Thank You allergy1. Am happy you were here!

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      allergy1 5 years ago from United Arab Emirates

      Thanx for a good piece of info!

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