Farm Level Distillation - Farm-scale ethanol fuel...

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Farm-scale ethanol fuel production plant Design Report The Gildred/Butterfield Fuel Alcohol Plant Gildred/Butterfield Limited Partnership Acknowledgements The Ethanol Fuel Plant Design Competition was managed by the Long Range Planning Unit of the California Department of Food and Agriculture as part of the Department's Ethanol Fuels Program. This report was prepared under the direction of Vashek Cervinka, program manager, Steve Shaffer, program coordinator, and Neil Koehler, project manager of the Design Competition. The report was authored by Floyd Butterfield, the designer and operator of the selected ethanol fuel plant design and edited by the staff of the Long Range Planning Unit. The blueprints were prepared by Buchanan's Drafting Service in Paso Robles, California. Members of the Judging Panel in the Design Competition were Ron Alves, Modesto Junior College; Vashek Cervinka, California Department of Food and Agriculture; Tom Chester, Energy Consultant; Karol Goudelock, College of the Siskiyous; Jim Hall, Farmer; Bob Harper, California Waste Management Board; Jim Kerstetter, California Energy Commission; Walter Krenz, Oscar Krenz, Inc.; Tom Richardson, California Farm Bureau Federation; D. E. Robison, California State University at Fresno; and Henry Waelti, University of California at Davis. Preface Plant designer Floyd Butterfield In 1981 and 1982, the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Waste Management Board jointly conducted the Ethanol Fuel Plant Design Competition. The objective of this competition uas to provide California fanners with construction and operation plans for a reliable and efficient farm-scale ethanol fuel plant already built and operating in California. After reviewing 17 submitted designs and closely monitoring the performance of three finalists, an 11 member judging panel representing government, universities, agricultural organizations and the ethanol industry, selected the Gildred/Butterfield ethanol fuel plant in Paso Robles as the winning design. The report that follows, authored by Floyd Butterfield, the designer and operator of the Gildred/Butterfield plant, documents the plant's design, construction, operation and performance.
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The Gildred/Butterfield ethanol fuel plant design is offered as one workable approach to ethanol fuel production. Though the design is adaptable to a variety of feedstocks and operating conditions, it may not be the most suitable design for every situation. Careful consideration of site specific factors including feedstock costs and availability, capital requirements, labor inputs, energy inputs and ethanol and co-product markets is critical in determining the technical and economic feasibility of any ethanol production project. Other viable advanced ethanol production technologies including continuous cooking and
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