Ethanol Heater + Ethanol Burner & Grate Systems can be Easily Incorporated into your Existing Fireplace. Ethanol Burners can be placed into any functioning or non-functioning wood burning fireplaces with or without the damper open. There is no expensive installation required, no gas hook-ups, no more wood to chop. Perfect Solution for Locales with "NO BURN DAYS" or Do Not Allow Wood Burning Fireplaces.
It takes a lot of natural gas to run an ethanol plant. A plant needs steam to liquefy corn starch and heat to distill alcohol and more heat to dry the leftover distillers grains.
Burning natural gas to produce all that heat is the second largest expense at most ethanol plants – trailing only the cost of the corn used for ethanol production. One estimate says Iowa's annual production of more than one billion gallons of ethanol accounts for about 16 percent of the state's demand for natural gas. That has Iowa State University researchers working with an Ames company to develop a renewable and cost effective alternative to the natural gas burned by most ethanol plants.
The technology involves partial combustion of biomass – that could include corn stalks, distillers grains, waste wood or other biorenewables – to produce a mixture of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, methane and other flammable gases. The resulting mixture is known as producer gas and it can replace natural gas in an ethanol plant's heaters. The producer gas can also be upgraded to what's known as syngas, a mixture that can be converted into high-value transportation fuels, alcohols, hydrogen, ammonia and other chemicals.
Producer gas is made by injecting biomass into a fluidized bed gasifier, a thermal system that pumps air up through a bed of hot sand, creating bubbles and a sand-air pseudo fluid. A reaction between the biomass and the hot sand-air mixture produces flammable gases. The process also generates its own heat to sustain the reaction. It's a system that's reliable, produces few emissions and can be efficiently integrated into a plant's existing natural gas boilers and dryers.
The ethanol business is booming and Sukup is right in the middle of it, providing storage and aeration solutions to keep the corn you need in the condition you need it.
Having a ready supply of good quality corn is essential to efficient ethanol production. Sukup storage tanks equipped with Sukup aeration equipment will keep your grain on-hand and in condition. Sukup tanks are available in sizes up to 730,000 bushels at maximum capacity, and Sukup has a full line of fans and aeration flooring systems to meet your needs. Along with our vast knowledge and background in grain storage, Sukup also has experience in the ethanol industry with numerous plants already using Sukup equipment to store and maintain their all-important quality corn supply.