Chitin – A Potential resource with Multifunctional Substrates

Chitin is acquired from the waste of lobster, crab, and shrimp. On a larger basis, chitin is used in civil engineering, clothing for protection and work, packaging materials, building, and construction as well as in textile industries. Moreover, in the healthcare industry, chitin is used in the treatment of various diseases such as in the working of tissues, to break fat molecules, controls cholesterol level in the body, helps in healing wounds as well as for tuberculosis.

Mari Signum Finds a Site in West Jackson County for Chitin’s Extraction Process

According to a recent news, Mari Signum has located a house in the west Jackson County to extract chitin from shrimp shells and to convert it into high-tech products. Earlier this year, the company tried to find a location in Pascagoula which is near to the industrial east side. It didn’t work out as the population out there was too dense and moreover, the notion of dealing with smell coming out of the shrimp hulls was too vivid to handle.

The development is to grind, dry and wash the hulls as well as to ship them out and this process will deal with evaporating water. Nothing toxic or chemical is included in it. Just the drying of shrimp shells will take place, it’s all green. The containers would be constricted and the area will be washed down soon after the trucks drag in the shells and then, begins the extraction process.

The ground shells would be sent to Virginia and Richmond, where the extraction process of chitin from shrimp shells will take place. Chitin is considered as an organic substance similar to glucose, which can be used to make products that are hypoallergenic, nontoxic, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-fungal as well as antibacterial.

Extraction Process of Chitin from Shrimp Shells

Mari Signum is considered as the only Chitin production facility based in the U.S. that manufactures high molecular-weight and premium chitin. It is produced for usage in wound care, pharmaceuticals, beverages, textiles, cosmetics as well as U.S. military bandages. It is the biomass that will be produced and later, a sophisticated process to extract the chitin will take place. Nearly 25% chitin would be extracted from the shells.

Shells from the processors around the coast would be brought in. Then, they will be placed in a special pit which is created to eliminate the odors, which costs around $160,000. There is a stainless steel lining that helps the water to drip off. Also, there are vacuums on the pit along with a burner that would help in burning odors as well as, a filter system is placed on the discharge. The final exhaust will be discharged through a bed of pine bark for a pleasant smell. In an ongoing study by Future Market Insights, the researchers found out that, increase in the use of chitin in the waste as well as water treatment will drive the growth of global chitin market.

Location for Shrimp Hull Processing Plant

The location is exactly the site of the previous waste hauling plant of BFI. It is situated off the Tucker Road which is a dead end street that is nearly 2 miles north of Interstate 10. The company is planning to purchase the BFI building, the property, and 3.2acres. By doing this, it provides an alternative to the coast processors to eliminate the waste product. Additionally, a latest information also says that the company is providing with job opportunities. 12-20 will be hired initially and as soon as possible, 20-23 will be made permanent employees. Moreover, the company mentioned that getting a job in Mari Signum is way more than a luck, as the pay would be more than average.

Mari Signum is anticipating to have an end product by the first quarter of next year. A considerable source of chitin with high quality and chitin derivatives, inclusive of the advanced technological inventions can beneficially impact several end markets. Globally, the extraction process of chitin from shrimp shells is the only process that is capable of consistently producing chitin with no environmental effects.