Thermal Hydrolysis

Hydrolysis is a chemical process in which a certain molecule is split into two parts by the addition of a molecule of water. The process forces the water molecules between the chemical bonds holding large tissue molecules such as fats, DNA and proteins together. Thermal hydrolysis uses a combination of high temperature and high pressure to break the tissue down to their original small molecular building blocks resulting in a dramatic reduction in viscosity, the destruction of all infectious agents (including TSEs) and the increase of biodegradability.