Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Ethanol Production Goes Green

Argonne National Laboratory EthanolA new report on domestic ethanol production shows dramatic efficiency gains in the past five years.

According to the analysis conducted by the Argonne National Laboratory, ethanol plants are using less energy and less water to make ethanol than just a few years ago.

Other key report findings include:
  • Ethanol yield per bushel of corn increased 6.4% for dry mills and 2.4% for wet mills.
  • Total energy use (fossil and electricity) decreased 21.8% in dry mills and 7.2% in wet mills.
  • A decrease in grid electricity use in dry mills of 15.7%.
  • Finally, water consumption in dry mills decrease of 26.6%.

The full report is available HERE (pdf).

Source: Renewable Fuels Association, Argonne National Laboratory

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