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Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation announced strategic partnerships for marketing its zeolite membranes, ZEBREX , for bioethanol production. The strategic partners are ICM, Inc. for North America and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. for Asia-Pacific and Europe. The partnerships will accelerate MCC’s business development in the bioethanol market further on a global scale.

Bioethanol is required to be dehydrated to a certain extent for use as fuel. ZEBREX is a state-of-art, continuous dehydration technology using zeolite membranes; with ZEBREX, bioethanol producers can save 20% to 30% of energy consumption compared with a traditional batch PSA process, which requires periodical regenerations.

ZEBREX, through either replacement of the 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 operational stability.

Known for its engineering expertise in the fuel ethanol market, ICM’s technology is used in more than half of ethanol plants in the United States. Mitsui has a strong marketing and business network with bioethanol producers in Asia-Pacific and Europe. Its strength is not limited to bioethanol but also lies in the sugar and food markets.

As a result of the partnership with Mitsui, one of the largest bioethanol producers in Europe, Pannonia Ethanol Zrt based in Hungary, has committed to install the world's largest ZEBREX system. Pannonia also employs ICM technology.

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