MILTON, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--United Ethanol LLC is to install a Whitefox ICE™ membrane system at its plant in Milton, Wisconsin. The modular bolt-on system frees up capacity in the distillation-dehydration section which enables the plant to increase its annual production capacity to over 60 million gallons. Removing process bottlenecks also reduces energy consumption and cooling water load. The overall effect is a more efficient, easy-to-operate plant, and a more profitable asset for United Ethanol shareholders.
David Cramer, United Ethanol President and CEO, says: “Many U.S. ethanol plants are increasing production capacity to capitalize on market opportunities. The Whitefox system allows us to expand and at the same time reduce natural gas, power and cooling water usage. This helps us to achieve our overall mission of being a low-cost producer of fuel ethanol, enabling United Ethanol to maximize the returns for our shareholders while providing economic benefits to our local Wisconsin communities.”
Chad Campbell, United Ethanol COO, quickly understood the benefits of Whitefox ICE™ after seeing a similar installation at Pine Lake Corn Processors in Iowa: “We are looking forward to the positive impact we expect to see from the beer column through to dehydration, as removing the regen stream will help to eliminate our current bottlenecks and stabilize operations. We are always keen to introduce technology improvements and ensure we are as efficient as we can be.”
Paul Kamp, Whitefox VP of Business Development North America, added: “A Whitefox ICE™ installation is a non-disruptive, integrated bolt-on solution that dehydrates the recycle streams from the molecular sieves to finished, in-spec fuel ethanol product. We are very pleased to be working with United Ethanol and look forward to delivering a fourth Whitefox ICE™ installation in the U.S. in 2018.”
Gillian Harrison, CEO of Whitefox says: “I was struck by the visionary approach of United Ethanol to bring the local agri-business community together through ethanol production. United Ethanol is an excellent example of how the U.S. ethanol industry benefits US consumers by producing a high-quality, low cost fuel and helps to support rural America. We are very happy to be working together with Mr. Cramer and his team.”
About United Ethanol
United Ethanol LLC, Milton, Wis., began operations March 2007, and converts approximately 45,000 bushels of corn per day and currently produces about 50,000,000 gallons of ethanol per year of undenatured ethanol. In addition, United Ethanol produces dry distiller's grain and modified distiller's grain, co-products of ethanol production, for use in dairy, swine and beef production. They also recover CO2 through a liquefaction plant and sell it for use in the food processing, beverage, oil recovery, municipal water treatment and chemical industries. Corn oil from United Ethanol is used in biodiesel production.
United Cooperative, headquartered at Beaver Dam, Wis., is the managing member of United Ethanol LLC. United Cooperative is a full-service cooperative offering feed, grain, agronomy, and energy products and services to Wisconsin farmers and consumers.
Whitefox Technologies Limited specialises in technology development and process integration based on its advanced membrane dehydration systems. The company focuses on efficient, integrated production, providing process engineering know-how, as well as membrane module design. With more than 15 years of industrial experience Whitefox Technologies provides customers with proprietary solutions in biofuels production. For more information, please visit www.whitefox.com.