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Honeywell’s UOP Works with Vaperma to Offer Enhanced Energy Efficiency in Ethanol Production


UOP extends its portfolio of solutions for improved process efficiency and reduced emissions in biofuel production

DES PLAINES, Ill.- UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Vaperma, Inc. to jointly offer technology to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in biofuel ethanol dehydration.

Under the agreement, the two companies will offer Vaperma’s SiftekTM polymer membrane technology, which is designed to lower energy consumption for reduced operational costs and emissions in the energy-intensive ethanol production process.

“As fuel demand and concern over climate change continue to rise, biofuels production must be profitable and sustainable, with a reduced energy footprint to make a true impact,” said Amar Anumakonda, manager of business development for UOP Renewable Energy and Chemicals. “The Vaperma solution helps to maintain the viability of ethanol and butanol from first-generation feedstock sources as well as second-generation cellulosic sources, such as corn stalks, switchgrass or other plant wastes that do not compete with the food supply.”

“We have developed unique solutions to integrate our Siftek membrane technology both upstream and downstream of the molecular sieve process in order to increase existing ethanol dehydration plant capacity,” said Claude Letourneau, president & CEO of Vaperma, which develops, manufactures and sells membranes, modules and systems for the refining of biofuels and the purification of natural gas. “Second-generation cellulosic processes will benefit the most from the steam savings and allow for increased bio-electricity generation and revenue.”

Vaperma’s patented polymer membrane technology allows the separation of water vapor from other vapor compounds in a gas mixture. The Siftek technology, commercially launched in June 2008, can be used in ethanol production to “de-water” ethanol streams to get a higher than 99 percent pure fuel-grade ethanol product. Energy savings are realized because the technology replaces multiple units traditionally used in the production process to achieve the same outcome.

UOP develops technology, products and equipment to support fuel production worldwide and has been developing biofuel technology, with specific focus on second-generation feedstock technologies, since 2006. In addition to the agreement with Vaperma, UOP is continuing to explore novel process technology and equipment for dehydration and dewatering for oxygenated biofuels like ethanol and butanol. UOP also manufactures molecular sieve adsorbents for use in ethanol dehydration, including the new UOP MOLSIV™ 3A-AGS bead adsorbent.

UOP LLC, headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, is a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, process plants, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries. UOP is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Honeywell International, Inc. and is part of Honeywell’s Specialty Materials strategic business group. For more information, go to

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