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South American bioethanol project uses UK technology

A UK company has been contracted to supply membrane technology to help produce various grades of ethanol at a demonstration plant in Guyana

Ethanol produced from sugarcane has the potential to become a flagship clean energy resource for the South American country of Guyana and reduce its dependence on imported oil

A UK cleantech engineering company is helping Guyana unleash its huge biofuels and biomass potential by supplying membrane technology to an ethanol-producing demonstration plant.

London-based Whitefox Technologies Ltd. and its Brazilian partner, Green, secured the ethanol contract with the government of Guyana to install a pilot plant at the Guyana Sugar Corp. Albion Sugar Factory.

“We are very proud to be playing a role in the development of the ethanol industry in Guyana,” said Gillian Harrison, CEO of Whitefox Technologies. “

We see the potential for countries like Guyana to use locally produced resources to produce ethanol and electricity, which we expect to have a positive impact on development and improvements in the local economy.” Whitefox Technologies’ membrane solutions enable the production of various grades of ethanol, including fuel and industrial, in a single, continuous step.

Sugarcane is one of Guyana’s main commodities, representing 40 per cent of the country’s agricultural production and 20 per cent of its total annual revenue. Guyana’s objective is to move towards an E10 gasoline blend, which will reduce the nation’s dependence on imported oil.

Information published by the company states that the project is supported by the Inter-American Development Bank as part of its Climate Change Strategy While Guyana has high clean energy resource potential, development of the industry has been hindered by a weak framework, lack of investment and high sovereign debt costs.