White Energy selects Pavilion for three of its plants

Biofuels producer White Energy recently awarded a multi-site model predictive control project to Pavilion Technologies to improve ethanol production at three of its plants.

By Plant Engineering Staff June 18, 2008

White Energy Inc., a Dallas, TX-based biofuels producer, recently awarded a multi-site Model Predictive Control (MPC) project to Pavilion Technologies, a recently acquired Rockwell Automation company that provides model-based software to process and batch industries.
The project is intended to improve ethanol production at White Energy’s three plants located in Russell, KS; Hereford, TX; and Plainview, TX. White Energy is the first and largest ethanol producer in Texas, and the fifth largest ethanol producer in the U.S. White Energy will also implement Pavilion’s Production Performance Management (PPM) at each plant as well as its Dallas headquarters to manage and adjust ethanol production and yield based on shifting materials, energy costs and ethanol prices.
“This project will help maximize plant performance, increase ethanol yield and reduce energy consumption, helping us meet our goal of becoming one of the most efficient producers of ethanol in the biofuels industry,” said David Diwik, president and CEO of White Energy.
“I’ve spent more than 15 years in ethanol plant operations and strive to get every last ounce of ethanol out of a plant and a bushel of corn,” said Ron Dunbar, vice president of operations for White Energy. “The Pavilion solution will help us do exactly that: maximize our resources while helping our plants run at top efficiency and capacity.”
Pavilion’s MPC solution creates a comprehensive model of the production process that predicts and analyzes variable process parameters to optimize nearly every step of production, including milling/cooking, fermentation, distillation/sieving and stillage.