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Kansas Ethanol selects Whitefox technology to reduce energy consumption

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US ethanol producer Kansas Ethanol plans to install a Whitefox ICE™ membrane dehydration system at its facility in Lyons in the US state of Kansas.

The installation at the 77 million gallon per year ethanol plant, which is Whitefox’s ninth US installation, takes installed membrane capacity to over 100 million gallons per year.

"We are first and foremost pursuing avenues to reduce our operating costs and ways to lower our carbon intensity to capitalise on low-carbon fuel markets,” commented Mike Chisam, president and CEO of Kansas Ethanol. “We also want to improve our overall operations and debottleneck existing process units. After meeting with the team at Whitefox Technologies, we knew their system and team was the right one for us. We look forward to getting the system installed and running.”

Stephan Blum, CTO of Whitefox, added: "Kansas Ethanol is already an efficient and well-managed plant. The addition of Whitefox ICE™ will further improve their overall efficiency in operations by eliminating recycle streams and fluctuations in distillation and dehydration. Whitefox ICE™ will enable Kansas Ethanol to increase production by an average rate of 30,000 gallons per day. This increase, and the operational improvements will keep them highly competitive in low-carbon markets and have a positive impact on their bottom line.”

“It’s great to be working with the team at Kansas Ethanol to further improve their energy and operational efficiency,” concluded Whitefox CEO Gillian Harrison. “It will be our first plant in this important state and our ninth ICE solution. This takes us to over 100 million gallons per year of installed membrane capacity, which is an exciting milestone.”

The US state of Kansas has 12 ethanol plants, producing almost 500 million gallons per year of renewable ethanol fuel.