Bioethanol Production Mitsubishi Chemical Enters into Strategic Partnerships for Marketing Zeolite Membranes
The company has partnered with ICM and Mitsui & Co. to market Zebrex, a continuous dehydration technology of zeolite membranes that will enable bioethanol producers to save 20 to 30 % of energy consumption.
Kansas/USA – Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) has recently announced strategic partnerships for marketing its zeolite membranes, Zebrex, for bioethanol production. The strategic partnerships consist of ICM for the North American market and Mitsui & Co. for Asia Pacific and Europe. The partnerships will accelerate MCC’s business development in the bioethanol market further on a global scale.
As the United States and Brazil are leading the global market, the use of bioethanol that is derived from biomass feedstocks such as corn, sugar cane and casava has been wide-spreading due to its carbon neutrality and potential to reduce greenhouse gas emission. Further, what has been called the ‘second-generation bioethanol,’ bioethanol from non-edible feedstocks is evolving in the United States and India.
Bioethanol is required to be dehydrated to a certain extent for use as fuel. With the continuously growing market globally, the bioethanol producers will take significant advantages over Zebrex. Zebrex being a state-of-art, continuous dehydration technology of zeolite membranes, the bioethanol producers will save 20 to 30 % of energy consumption compared with a tradition batch PSA process, which requires periodical regenerations. Zebrex, through either replacement of PSA process or integration to an existing bioethanol plant, allows bioethanol producers to reduce carbon footprints and operation costs while increasing production through improvement in efficiency and operation stability.
Known for their engineering expertise in the fuel ethanol market, ICM’s technology is used in more than half of the ethanol plants in the United States, where the largest bioethanol production is taking place. The combination of MCC’s Zebrex dehydration technology and ICM’s process integration ability will speed the penetration of Zebrex into the North American markets.
Mitsui has strong marketing and business network with bioethanol producers in Asia Pacific and Europe. MCC will promote Zebrex with Mitsui to bioethanol producers who can take advantage of the technology. As a result of this partnership, one of the largest bioethanol producer in Europe, Pannonia Ethanol Zrt, has committed to install the world largest Zebrex system.