Ethanol production to fuel California CHP

Cogeneration and on-site power production – Renewable fuels producer Pacific Ethanol, Inc has signed a deal with Dresser-Rand for the installation of a 3.5 MW cogeneration system with gradual oxidizer at its Stockton plant (pictured) in California, in the western US.

The deal, worth approximately $12 million, will see Ener-Core, Inc’s gradual oxidizer technology convert waste gas from ethanol production and natural gas into electricity and steam.

Under the terms of the agreement, Dresser-Rand will supply two 1.75 MW gas turbine generators with heat recovery steam generators and two gradual oxidizers manufactured by Ener-Core. Pacific Ethanol expects the cogeneration system to be operational by the second quarter of 2016.

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Europe urged to back cogeneration for industrial renaissance

The European Association for the Promotion of Cogeneration (COGEN Europe) says increasing the combined heat and power (CHP or cogeneration) in European industries could lead to an improvement in companies’ competitiveness and drive an economic recovery through industry.

“Instead of simply using energy to produce heat, an industry can use cogeneration on site to gain greater control over its energy costs, boost productivity, and demonstrably reduce its carbon footprint”, the paper says.