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ICM, Inc. announced its collaboration with Western New York Energy, LLC (WNYE) to implement ICM’s cutting-edge FOT Oil Recover system.

Under the terms of the agreement, ICM will be responsible for engineering, equipment procurement, and installation of its proprietary FOT Oil Recovery system at WNYE’s advanced facility in Medina, New York. This agreement marks the sixth commercial installation of ICM’s proprietary oil recovery technology.

FOT Oil Recovery, a two-step separation system integrated after the distillation process, significantly increases downstream oil recovery by optimizing solids-liquid separation in the whole stillage. This system also dewaters the whole stillage cake as it goes to the dyer, reducing a plant’s natural gas load.

"WNYE was an early adopter of ICM’s Base Tricanter System and Selective Milling Technology™,” said Tim Winters, CEO of WNYE. “We are excited to collaborate again with ICM for the integration of this efficient process technology, which we anticipate will bring substantial oil recovery, energy savings, and overall operational improvements targeting a lower production CI score."

Tom Ranallo, vice president of operations at ICM, emphasized the unique benefits of FOT Oil Recovery. "What sets FOT Oil Recovery apart is its dual impact: improving oil recovery while simultaneously reducing natural gas usage. This not only enhances our customers’ profitability but also contributes to lowering their carbon footprint. We are thrilled about the opportunity to collaborate with WNYE and deliver these benefits to their operations," said Ranallo. 

ICM’s customized strategy for supporting customers such as WNYE in enhancing their oil recovery involves identifying different opportunities across the entire facility. This collaborative approach extends beyond the FOT Oil Recovery system and enables ICM to offer better performance guarantees for improved oil recovery.

The on-site installation of FOT Oil Recovery is slated to commence this fall, with a system startup in the Spring of 2025.