Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy to Install Whitefox ICE

By Whitefox Technologies Ltd. | September 18, 2018

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC and Whitefox Technologies have reached an agreement to install a Whitefox ICE advanced membrane dehydration system at the SIRE plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa. This will be Whitefox's eighth installation in the U.S. and its second installation in Iowa, the leading ethanol producing state. The first ICE installation in Iowa was at Pine Lake Corn Processors in Steamboat Rock.  

Brian Cahill, president and CEO of SIRE, said, "All of us at SIRE are committed to be a part of the growing ethanol industry that supports the local corn farmers and community, and to provide value to our shareholders. Our plant team works continuously to improve process efficiencies at our plant in order to produce increasingly environmentally-friendly fuel. Working in collaboration with Whitefox and its team of engineers will give us a competitive edge, and at the same time increase our production rate and create more value for our local community." 

Whitefox CEO Gillian Harrison said, "I have known Brian and others on the SIRE team for a number of years and it is extremely gratifying when a highly regarded ethanol producer such as SIRE chooses Whitefox's membrane technology. SIRE is very focused on improving its operations, reducing its carbon footprint and adding value to the farm community in the Council Bluffs area. We are pleased to be helping SIRE achieve its goals and look forward to a successful relationship." 

Whitefox's Integrated Cartridge Efficiency (Whitefox ICE) is a membrane-based dehydration technology with a small footprint. Whitefox ICE eliminates water-rich recycle streams to free up capacity in distillation and dehydration to enable producers to increase ethanol output and revenues as well as improve margins by reducing energy costs and improve carbon intensity (CI) scores, reduce cooling water costs year-round, and reduce operation & maintenance costs. Whitefox ICE can be integrated into existing corn ethanol production plants with minimal disruption. Whitefox's membrane technology can equally be included as a technology upgrade in new greenfield plants.