How Ethylene Generator works?

How Ethylene Generator works? Its benefits

Learn about ethylene generator mechanism and how it helps ripen fruits faster and more efficiently than other traditional methods.

Also known as the fruit ripening machine that produces ethylene gas, a natural plant hormone that triggers the ripening process naturally. It is becoming increasingly popular in the ripening industry due to its ability to produce pure ethylene gas, used for the ripening of fruits and vegetables. It helps to speed up the ripening process and improve the ripened quality of the fruits.

What is Ethylene Gas?

How ethylene generator works for ripening of banana and mangoes inside a ripening chamber

Ethylene gas is a natural plant hormone that is responsible for triggering the ripening process in fruits and vegetables. It is produced by the fruits and vegetables themselves as they ripen, and can also be produced artificially through the use of ethylene generators. When exposed to ethylene gas, fruits and vegetables will ripen faster and more uniformly, making them more marketable and get better price.

What is an Ethylene Generator?

banana colour quality after using ethylene generator for ripening
Ripe All Ethylene Generator

An ethylene generator, also known as fruit ripening machine, is a device that produces ethylene gas, which is a naturally occurring plant hormone. It works by producing and releasing ethylene gas into a controlled environment, such as a ripening chamber or a refrigerated container. It is used to stimulate the ripening process of climacteric fruits like bananas, mangoes, avocados, cantaloupes, kiwis, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, tomatoes, citrus fruits etc.

How Ethylene Generator works?

The Ethylene Generator utilizes the principle of catalytic dehydration to produce ethylene gas. To begin the process, a ripening concentrate liquid is filled into the generator’s tank and then switched on. In few minutes, the concentrate undergoes catalytic dehydration through which the ethylene gas is released. The gas is then released into the ripening chamber, where it is absorbed by the fruits and vegetables kept inside. Fruits start to ripen when they are triggered by the application of ethylene and get ready to be sold in the market in 3-4 days.

The generator releases gas in controlled amounts and has multiple setting options for a variety of fruits. To achieve the best ripening quality and colour, it is recommended to maintain the required room temperature for the particular fruit during the entire process.

6 Benefits of using Ethylene Generators

  • More consistent ripening of fruits and vegetables with fewer rejects.
  • Improved quality and taste in a short time leading to better profit
  • Reduction in ripening time
  • Lower labour costs due to an easier ripening process.
  • Less energy consumption, allowing for lower operational costs than relying on traditional methods
  • Increased safety compared to the use of other forms like ethylene cylinders or ethylene cans.

In addition, ethylene generators provide the flexibility of controlling how much ethylene is released, giving users greater control over their ripening processes.

Common Applications for Ethylene Generators

They are widely used for ripening of fruits and vegetables, citrus de-greening, tobacco curing, and research purpose. They are one of the best alternative for chemical-free ripening of fruits in ripening chambers and pulping industries.

Overall, ethylene generators can be a useful tool for improving the ripening process and producing high-quality fruit ripening. They can help to reduce spoilage, speed up the ripening process, and provide a more consistent rate of ripening. It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and ensure that the generator is placed in a well-ventilated area.

FSSAI guidance note for use of ethylene for fruit ripening

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HundredX Agritech Pvt. Ltd. is an Ethylene generator manufacturer in India using the latest technology and addresses practical challenges faced during fruit ripening.

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