The stand-alone, container-based Whitefox membrane system will be used to assess the impact of treating certain side streams in the ethanol production process and to optimize the design of a membrane solution to remove bottlenecks and improve ethanol production efficiency at the Madera plant.
 
The project is looking to reduce the consumption of water, energy and emissions in the production of ethanol while increasing product output. It is fully aligned with California’s push to cut water consumption and reduce emissions, which is affecting the state’s ethanol producers and companies wanting to export ethanol into California.
 
The Whitefox membrane unit is scheduled for delivery this month with commissioning and start-up in June.