Ethanol plants are large complex systems requiring complex cleaning solutions. Clear Solutions USA, LLC has the cleaning solutions and expertise to solve all of the needs of these operations. Our caustic technology is designed with unique, patented additives, surpassing any of our competitors.

Cost Benefits

  1. Clear Solutions’ caustic cleaners are safe to use on different metals used in the building of these plants unlike hydrogen peroxide acid-based products which will attack soft metals like carbon steel.

  2. Clear Solutions’ caustic technology can reduce the total caustic usage by 25-50%. This is accomplished with our patented surfactant, along with additives that improve the chelation properties and inhibit scale buildup as well as no temperature parameters and works as a dispersant.

  3. Clear Solutions’ caustic cleaners will improve the cleanliness of surfaces, allowing for systems like evaporators to maintain product flow rates longer between washes, improving production by reducing cost.

  4. Our caustic cleaners will also reduce rinse times after the caustic wash cycle on any equipment because our surfactant improves returning systems to an acceptable pH level.

  5. Using Clear Solutions caustic cleaners will reduce utilities costs such as steam, electric, and water. For example, if we cut total wash time by two hours on each piece of equipment, this savings alone will pay for the caustic cleaner use for more than a year.

  6. Reclaiming rinse water to the caustic wash water tank, in some plants and equipment, will reduce water usage. For example, if there are 2,500 gallons in the caustic wash water tank and the amount of rinse water is 1,000 gallons, the caustic wash water tank is now at 3,500 gallons. We then need to add fresh caustic to bring the concentration up to the correct strength. This cost of caustic has to be balanced against the cost of water and the waste water treatment. For instance, if the rinse water costs $0.10/100 gallons and the waste water treatment costs $0.50/100 gallons, the cost of the caustic cleaner addition could be more than the cost of letting the rinse water go to drain. Once the pH of the rinse water has dropped to acceptable levels the plant is balanced.

  7. Caustic wash water loss during a typical equipment caustic wash cycle is 15% of the solution used. If the system needs 100 gallons to wash the equipment, we will lose 15 gallons of the wash solution.

  8. The need for hydro-blasting will be eliminated in this process.