6 MAY 2015, Whitefox signs agreement with Pacific Ethanol Inc.
LONDON, 6 MAY 2015
Whitefox (www.whitefox.com), the clean fuel membrane specialist, announced today that it has
signed an agreement with California based Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (Nasdaq: PEIX) for
the delivery of an industrial scale membrane system. The objective is to reduce
the consumption of water, energy and emissions in the production of ethanol while
increasing product output.
This project is fully aligned with California’s push
to cut water consumption and reduce emissions, which is affecting both
Californian ethanol producers and companies wanting to export ethanol into
to the agreement, Whitefox will deliver a stand-alone, container based, membrane
system that will be deployed at Pacific Ethanol’s Madera plant in California.
The Whitefox system is scheduled for delivery this month with commissioning and
start-up in June.
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 and improve ethanol production efficiency at the
a statement Whitefox’s CEO Gillian Harrison said: “We are very excited about
the opportunity to work with Pacific Ethanol. When I met CEO Neil Koehler last
November, I was impressed by the company’s efforts to lead the way in the
production of low-carbon renewable fuels. It is clear that Pacific Ethanol is
investing in energy and water consumption reduction initiatives because it
makes environmental sense, but also because it makes good business sense as it
improves plant efficiencies. We are confident that Whitefox’s membrane solution
will contribute to Pacific Ethanol’s ambitious targets and look forward to
Dr Stephan Blum, Whitefox CTO said in a statement:
“Existing ethanol producers are dealing with a number of issues in the ethanol
production process: One challenge is cooling water during hot and humid summer
months when output capacity is sometimes reduced to maintain product
specifications. Another challenge is the constant recycle of water-rich ethanol
that consumes additional energy and prevents plants from operating at their
full capacity potential. These challenges can be addressed with a membrane
solution that give producers a more reliable and efficient operation”.
For further information please contact Jack Irvine or Clare Ambrosino at Media House International at +44 (0) 207 710
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.