United Ethanol LLC is to install a Whitefox ICE™ membrane system at its plant in Milton, Wisconsin, USA.

The modular bolt-on membrane system will increase production rates, improve energy and operational efficiencies and reduce cooling water load. It will free up capacity in the distillation-dehydration section which enables the plant to increase its annual production capacity to more than 60 million gallons. Removing process bottlenecks also reduces energy consumption and cooling water load.

David Cramer, United Ethanol president and CEO, said: “Many US 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.”

Whitefox Technologies specialises in technology based on its advanced membrane dehydration systems.