Whitefox Technologies signs North American ethanol contract
London, 16 November 2010:
Whitefox Technologies has entered into an engineering and consulting agreement for a Greenfield ethanol plant in North America. The facility is intended to have a total dehydration capacity of 120,000,000 Gallons per year (GPY).
The facility is projected to use mixed sugar-based feedstock and be built in a number of phases – the first phase for 40,000,000 GPY (approximately 150,000,000 litres/year) and the second phase adding a further 80,000,000 GPY (approximately 300 ,000,000 liters per year).
The ethanol market suffered a significant slowdown over the past 24 months; the fact that greenfield plants are now being projected is an indication of renewed investor confidence in the ethanol sector. The higher efficiency and improved sustainability of fully integrated co-generation ethanol facilities, government policies, as well as increasing oil prices are helping to drive the sector.
Dr Stephan Blum, CTO at Whitefox Technologies, says: “A highly integrated facility using Whitefox’ membrane technology at the core of the process will realise new efficiencies not previously achievable in the ethanol industry. The process is based on Whitefox’ membrane technology which was granted patent status in a number of countries in 2010, including the US.”