Whitefox Technologies will present at the Cleantech Innovation Capital Network on 11 June.
Whitefox Technologies was featured in Cleantech magazine in March 2012: 'Whitefox Technologies: Increasing returns on Bioethanol Production'.
Whitefox was set up in 2000 to exploit a highly efficient membrane technology for the ethanol industry. The company's technology is the result of research undertaken in the 1990s by Dr Stephan Blum (then member of the membrane technology team at Henkel, Germany) in partnership with Robert Heggemann. It is based on a capillary membrane geometry (a tubular format rather than a plate/stack system) to develop membrane-based processes for ethanol production.
Advanatages of the membrane approach are efficient molecular separation, which dehydrates ethanol in a more energy/water efficient way. Whitefox has a decade of experience in biofuel production, with one of its early plants in Germany having operated successfully since 2002. In the US the technology has been shown to be capable of scaling up to large production – producing more than 400 million litres per year.
In addition to their use in the production of biofuels, membranes are highly suited for the production of ultra dry ethanol for the pharmaceuticals/industrial/potable markets.
Whitefox was named best in class at Clean Energy Monaco 2011 by an independent panel of judges, and won the prestigious award for Excellence in the Field of Environmental Technology Commercialisation. In December 2011, the Carbon Trust selected Whitefox to participate in the Entrepreneurs Fast Track service. The company recently participated in the UKTI and Technology Strategy Board backed 'Clean and Cool Mission' to the US.