Whitefox Technologies starts up Ethanol Dehydration Skid in Canada
Calgary, 31 March 2010:
After a 6 month installation period and 3 months of commissioning, Whitefox Technologies’ Ethanol Dehydration Skid (EDS) is ready for start-up.
The EDS serves a number of purposes: it is designed to (a) demonstrate the benefits of membrane integration into an existing industrial production facility, (b) be used as a training facility for customers and (c) be a showcase for small-scale skid-built, decentralised ethanol facilities (i.e. 2-10 million litres/year) for which there is a growing market.
Dr Stephan Blum, CTO at Whitefox Technologies, explains: "The commissioning period had to be extended as, even though the skid was designed to operate at temperatures of -25C (Alberta winter), it had to undergo certain changes to stay operational in the unusually cold Saskatchewan winter with wind chill temperatures of -41C on Dec 8, 2009."
In the coming months the EDS will be used to continuously dehydrate ethanol from an existing wheat based industrial production plant to produce pure Motor Fuel Grade Ethanol. The EDS will also be used to test Whitefox’ new cartridge design, which has been developed over the past few years