2 JUNE 2015, Whitefox Commissioning Ethanol Dehydration Unit at Pacific Ethanol Inc.
LONDON, 2 JUNE 2015
Whitefox (www.whitefox.com), the clean fuel membrane specialist, announced today that it has delivered and is commissioning its industrial scale membrane system to Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (Nasdaq: PEIX) on schedule. The objective is to reduce the consumption of water, energy and emissions in the production of ethanol while increasing product output.
The agreement between Whitefox and Pacific Ethanol was announced in May and the stand-alone, container based, membrane system has been delivered and installed at Pacific Ethanol’s Madera plant in California. Tie-ins and commissioning have begun, with start-up scheduled before the end of the month.The membrane unit will be used to assess the impact of treating certain side streams in the ethanol production process and optimise the design of a membrane solution to remove bottlenecks, improve production efficiency and increase capacity at the Madera plant.Dr Stephan Blum, Whitefox Chief Technology Officer said in a statement: “We are on schedule to start-up the system in June. We then start the process of assessing the improvements made possible with our system.”
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Whitefox is a specialist engineering firm that delivers innovative membrane solutions for different solvent applications and chemical reactions. The company has over 10 years’ industrial experience, focused on providing the most energy and water-efficient separation systems worldwide. Projects range from integrating chemical reactors and recycling waste ethanol in pharmaceutical plants to producing high-quality potable and biofuel grade ethanol.