Whitefox Technologies produces pure ethanol from 75w%
Calgary, 23 December 2010:
After 9 months of intensive testing Whitefox Technologies has demonstrated that its membrane technology can operate on an industrial scale to produce almost pure ethanol from 75w%.
Whitefox Technologies installed its state-of-the-art Ethanol Dehydration Skid (EDS) at a plant in Canada earlier this year as part of a project funded by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).
Dr Stephan Blum, CTO at Whitefox Technologies, says: “The recent months have shown that the Whitefox-75 process provides substantial benefits over the conventional molecular sieve technology. The EDS will provide an excellent commercial demonstration for ethanol producers world wide.”
The benefits the producer would expect to gain from such an installation are: increased ethanol capacity output; reductions in energy and water consumption; reductions in CO2 emissions; and, significant operating/capital cost savings. As the system is effectively plug and play it will also be a way of achieving the above but with minimum disruption to an ethanol producer, for example to treat existing fusel oil or molecular sieve streams.
Whitefox Technologies has already received expressions of interest from producers for such an application in Brazil, Germany, UK and US.
Trond Heggenhougen, Director of Strategy at Whitefox Technologies, says: "We are glad to see that the EDS is being recognised by the world-wide ethanol industry. Whitefox Technologies’ dedicated work on membrane technology is again putting Whitefox Technologies at the forefront of membrane development and continuing to create value for its customers."