Vacuum technology company Edwards has won an order to supply liquid ring vacuum pumps to a bioethanol plant being built in the United Kingdom. The plant will produce a significant part of the United Kingdom’s forecast demand of bioethanol per year from locally grown wheat. Although initial production will be bioethanol, the partners will look at the feasibility of converting it to biobutanol once the required technology is available, according to the companies.
Tewksbury, Mass.-based Edwards will deliver 12 pumps (three models) to the plant, where they will be installed in several processes, from general vacuum duties to the molecular sieve dehydration units. Edwards will supply a combination of single- and two-stage liquid ring pump systems, all manufactured in stainless steel.