Re: [Distillers] Re: Power... Solar Primary Distillation
Your juxtaposition of BTU and kW raises a question for me, as I
understand one is a unit of energy and one of power? I assume there is a
standard understood time quantity here? My Outdoor Cooker has 168000 BTU
on it and something like 20 kW listed (hard to tell, the label is
tarnished and cleaning actually destroys the label... those figures
don't seem to me to jive too well...)
> Whatever method you decide to use, you need to capture enough solar energy to actually do the work. Here's a simple reference to help calculations...
> If using steam, it takes 25,335 BTU (about 7.425 kW) to make process steam which in turn produces 1 gallon US (3.8 litres) of 95% ethanol.
> If using direct electric, about 0.8 kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity is required to produce a gallon of ethanol.
> [Source: Fourth Edition (June 2003) • Ethanol Plant Development Handbook • BBI International Colorado]
> Of course these figures are much lower than we hobbyists would use for the same product output, but we don't have the luxury of recovering process heat and re-using it. Nor do we have the huge volumes at our disposal, like a 40 million gallons per year facility.
> regards Harry
It all seem like a hellish waste of a good glass carboy to me. If you wanna get things REALLY cookin', why not adapt something like this?...