Silcompa uses a fractional distillation unit with plate columns.

The process of ethanol distillation

Distillation is a physical and completely natural process which allows to get “pure” ethylic alcohol (i.e. neutral ethanol for food or pharma uses) from raw ethanol.

Components and impurities of raw alcohol have different boiling points, or boiling ranges. The distillation towers have liquid outlets at intervals up the column which allow for the withdrawal of different fractions or products having different boiling points.

Our distillation unit uses 3 fractional plate columns, the first to extract the so called heads (those with boiling points lower than ethanol), the second to separate the tails (with boiling point higher than ethanol) and the third one to extract those impurities with boiling points very close to ethanol one.

Distillation unit

Our fractional distillation unit is operational 24/7.
The unit is equipped with a feedstock tank and 4 tanks for final products, 2 for distilled ethanol and 2 for head/tails.
The running, management and maintenance of the plants are handled by a specialized and highly trained internal team.


Compliance with quality standards required by legislation and by our customers is ensured through a H24 monitoring and recording of all process parameters and full internal analyses of finished products by our internal Laboratory.