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Glacial Lakes drives to reduce its carbon footprint with Whitefox at its Mina, SD plant
Whitefox ICE® membrane solution provides energy efficient ethanol production, reduced cooling water demand and lower carbon intensity score at the plan.
Mina, SD, August 9, 2023 – Whitefox Technologies is pleased to announce that Glacial Lakes Energy LLC has agreed to install the Whitefox ICE® membrane dehydration system at its ethanol plant located in Mina, SD. This is an extremely exciting development for Whitefox as it is our 2nd ICE project in South Dakota and will assist Glacial Lakes to increase their production capacity and reduce natural gas consumption and in doing so achieve their business objectives. The installation project is anticipated to be completed during Q2 2024.
Pat Hogan, Director of Operations for Glacial Lakes Energy commented “With a drive towards Net Zero and carbon reduction, GLE extensively reviewed the Whitefox ICE® system for our GLE Mina facility to assist in our carbon reduction goals. As well as reducing energy input into our process, the Whitefox ICE® system will allow us to debottleneck our distillation system to allow for an additional 8 million gallons per year of ethanol production. Whitefox is a great partner to help Glacial Lakes Energy achieve its carbon reduction goals.”
The Whitefox ICE® system treats existing recycle streams to free up and debottleneck distillation-dehydration capacity, enabling Glacial Lakes and other producers to lower natural gas use, cut carbon emissions, improve plant cooling, and increase potential production capacity (depending on the system design). Whitefox ICE® is integrated into existing corn ethanol production plants with minimal disruption and a small footprint.
Tony Short, Whitefox Head of Global Sales, commented “In Glacial Lakes we see a committed producer promoting the development of E30 fuel grade ethanol in the US market. We are committed to assisting Glacial Lakes in fulfilling their strategic objectives by installing Whitefox ICE® membrane dehydration system that can increase capacity while improving the energy efficiency of its Mina, SD plant.”
Whitefox has developed a portfolio of solutions tailored specifically to individual plant’s’ needs. Whether producers are looking to increase production capacity or commence their journey towards Net Zero objectives, Whitefox’s range of scalable membrane solutions combines process engineering with membrane expertise to design the optimal solution for industrial producers.
ABOUT GLACIAL LAKES ENERGY LLC.
Glacial Lakes Corn Processors (GLCP) was formed in May 2001 as a South Dakota Cooperative comprised of over 4,000 shareholders. GLCP owns 100% of four ethanol production plants. Glacial Lakes Energy – Mina became operational in June 2008 as a 100 mgy nameplate ethanol production facility, now operating at 145 mgy, located near Mina, SD.
GLE holds an interest of 16% in Granite Falls Energy with combined production of 135 mgy near Granite Falls, MN and Heron Lake, MN, an interest of 8% in Redfield Energy with production of 60 mgy near Redfield, SD, and an interest of 23% in Harvestone Commodities Group, a global ethanol marketing and trading firm. GLE has returned more than $350 million dollars in cash dividends to its Shareholders since its inception.
ABOUT WHITEFOX TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
Whitefox specializes in technology development and process integration based on its proprietary membrane solutions. Whitefox ICE® (Integrated Cartridge Efficiency) is a bolt-on solution developed for the ethanol industry. With a small footprint, it is designed to de-bottleneck distillation and dehydration, which boosts output, improves CI scores by reducing energy and water consumption and reduces operation & maintenance costs by simplifying operations. Whitefox provides solutions for all types of alcohols, biofuels, and renewable chemicals in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and South America. www.whitefox.com