Friday, August 18, 2006

Electric Power Company Considers Making Ethanol

Using steam that is normally wasted from coal fired power generation facilities is one way ethanol can be made more environmentally friendly, with a better energy balance. The needed steam would otherwise be made from dedicated boilers at the ethanol plant, usually fired by natural gas. -- Jeffrey Goettemoeller
NRG Energy Considers Making Ethanol:
by Matthew Dalton, Dow Jones Newswire -- August 18, 2006 (Associated Press)
"These plants have much lower fuel costs than other ethanol plants, as they run on steam produced by existing coal-fired power plants. By using excess steam from the power plant boiler, they eliminate the need to buy large amounts of coal just for the ethanol plant."

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