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Farm Scale Ethanol Systems

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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