Western Plains Pioneering Carbon Neutral Ethanol Production by Installing Whitefox ICE®-XL for Ground-breaking Energy Savings

  • Thursday, 03 November 2022 13:33


Nov 8, 2022

Whitefox, the leading bioethanol membrane engineering innovator, is pleased to announce that Western Plains Energy LLC (Western Plains) will be the first US ethanol producer to install Whitefox ICE®-XL system at its 50 million gallons per year ethanol plant in Kansas. 

Derek Peine, CEO at Western Plains Energy said: “Since beginning operations in 2004, Western Plains has always been on the forefront of innovation and an early adaptor of technologies that deliver step-changes in energy efficiency and operational yield. In our discussion with Whitefox we found that its ICE-XL integrated membrane solution would serve as a cornerstone in fully decarbonizing our production process. Our quest to achieve net-zero emissions is something that we are passionate about, and we are excited to partner with Whitefox to help us achieve our goal.” 

Tony Short, Head of Global Sales at Whitefox said: “Whitefox ICE-XL is an evolution of the Whitefox ICE® which we have installations in 9 US ethanol plants. ICE-XL fully replaces existing molecular sieves and delivers exceptional operational benefits such as up to 50% capacity increase across distillation and dehydration and 50% steam reduction when fully integrated. Our team of process engineers worked closely with Derek and his team to design a solution that would bring exceptional energy recovery and carbon reductions to enable carbon neutral fuel production.” 

Gillian Harrison, CEO at Whitefox said "I first met Derek in 2016 and it was inspiring to hear how focussed he was on reducing the carbon footprint of ethanol production. We began discussing how we could expand the Whitefox ICE solution to a full replacement of molecular sieves, given their propensity to crack, so it's exciting to now be working with Western Plains to install our first ICE-XL and support them on their journey to Net Zero ethanol." 

Engineering phase 1 is already in progress and the project has an estimated start-up and commissioning date towards the end of 2023. 

About Western Plains 

Western Plains Energy, LLC. is renewable energy production company in Oakley, Kansas. The company converts regionally grown grain into sustainable, low-carbon products in the form of denatured ethanol and wet distillers grains. Western Plains Energy is committed to meeting the growing demand for domestically produced, sustainable renewable energy. 

About Whitefox Technologies Limited 

Whitefox specializes in technology development and innovation based on its proprietary membrane solutions. Whitefox’s Integrated Cartridge Efficiency (ICE) uses membrane-based cartridge technology which enables clients to produce ethanol and other chemicals to the highest market standards in the most energy and water efficient way. With a small carbon footprint, Whitefox provides solutions for all types of alcohols, biofuels, and renewable chemicals in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and South America. 

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