Costs of using crop residues in direct combustion applications [electronic resource].
- Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy, 1980.
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- Pages: 52 : digital, PDF file
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- United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
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- Free-to-read Unrestricted online access
- The economic feasibility of burning crop residues for on-farm grain drying, grain drying at a grain elevator, and electricity generation at a utility are examined. Following dramatic price increases for petroleum during 1979, grain drying is the most economically attractive alternative studied. For on-farm applications, a typical 400-acre grain harvest would consume nearly 5,500 gallons of propane to dry 52,000 bushels of corn from 22% moisture content wet basis (MCWB) to 15% MCWB. Fuel savings from using crop residues instead of propane amount to nearly $2,080 for a typical 8-day harvest. Since one grain elevator services many customers, the front-end capital costs of a residue burner cane spread over a larger harvest. The fuel savings over propane for grain elevators amount to nearly $27,400 per year - approximately the cost of the drying equipment (bin excluded). The cost of using crop residues in utility aplications are prohibitive if the average cost of coal for utilities is used for comparison. The potential use of crop residues as a utility boiler fuel is much greater than grain drying, but relative costs depend on the specific characteristics of each application and on the accessibility and cost of coal.
- Report Numbers:
- E 1.99:seri/tr-353-513
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Flaim, S.; Urban, D.
Solar Energy Research Inst., Golden, CO (USA)
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