Economic implications of cotton gin trash and sorghum residues as alternative energy sources

Masud, S.M. and Lacewell, R.D. and Hiler, E.A. (1983) Economic implications of cotton gin trash and sorghum residues as alternative energy sources. Energy in Agriculture, 1 (3). pp. 267-280.

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This paper analyzes the economic implications of energy production from cotton gin trash and sorghum residues. Using cotton gin trsrh, on-farm cost of gasification ranged from $7.83 to $3.66 per million Btu, electricity generation, operating year around was about 6.15 cents per kwh. Cost of producing gas, using gin t m h or grain sorghum reddue, in a farmer cooperative was over $3.76 per million Btu. Thew costs are not economically attractive at this time. Using gin trash at the gin site, the cost of electricity generation was 6.3 cents per kwh and gas production was $2.76 per million Btu. About 70% of the electricity produced, however, must be sold for approximately 2 cent8 per kwh resulting in over $$00,000 of costs not covered. Although gas production at the gin site is very competitive with the current market price of natural gas, the low Btu gas is not a comparable fuel. The cost of producing pellets from gin trash for energy ranged from $2.20 to $3.89 per million Btu. Gin trash pellets are not competitive with natural gru, but they are a potentially attractive altemative to diesel or fuel oil as a stationary engine fuel source

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: Department of Agricultuml Econornicr. Texaa A & M Univercity, College Station, TX 77843 (U.S.A.)
Subjects: Crop Improvement > Plant Breeding
Divisions: Sorghum
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2012 08:18
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2012 08:18

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