Farm Scale Ethanol Systems
Farm Scale Ethanol systems, when combined with a feedlot, provides
greater financial gain and environmental benefit than a standard
corn to ethanol plant. By integrating the systems of cattle, ethanol,
and energy production from manure, the farmer solves many waste
issues while increasing revenue flows.
Combining a feedlot with manure treatment/heat
production and an ethanol plant offers efficiencies that make corn
based ethanol production far more profitable and good for the environment
than typical corn based ethanol production.
Farm Scale Energy Systems (FSES) are beginning
to take advantage of a unique combination of favorable market conditions
and a full spectrum of connections in the ethanol industry. Farmers,
rather than the energy sector, have a competitive edge due to compelling
synergies with the feed stock and end use. Creating industrial guilds
and synergies on the farm make farm scale systems more efficient
and productive than larger centralized plants where the logistics
of transporting raw materials long distances, coupled with the difficulty
in returning unused nutrients to the land present a major disadvantage.
Ethanol systems on a farm scale create high value
ethanol from corn while converting the corn into a higher value
feed than in its original cracked form. From one bushel of corn
you get more than 2.7 gallons of ethanol and 17 pounds of high value
feed that is up to 1.5 times the nutritional value in terms of weight
gain or milk production to plain cracked corn. This feed is known
as wet distiller grains (WDG). Importantly, ethanol production utilizes
only the starch portion of the corn kernel, which is abundant and
of low value to the livestock. The remaining vitamins, minerals,
protein, fat, and fiber are then used as high-value livestock feed.
Studies show that cattle gain on average between 0.15 to 0.35 pounds
more per day when fed the WDG that come from the ethanol process.
That is an increase of about 10% of weight gain per day. Farming
operations that use an enclosed feeding method are best suited to
benefit from this win-win of getting feed and fuel from the same
corn or other feedstock.
Advantages of Farm Scale Ethanol
- Manure smell reduced by up to 97%
- The farmer makes all the profit.
- Typically the farmer is paid for the corn only.
We provide systems on a scale that can be owned and operated by
the farmer. The farmer gets the corn and ethanol profit, greatly
increasing the profit per acre on the farm.
- Farm Scale Onsite Efficiency: With a small
system, all of the typical costs of shipping of the feed and the
manure are conserved.
PESCO BEAM is happy to offer analysis, design,
construction, and continued services to farmers who want to add
value to their farm while helping the environment.
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