Ethanol production to fuel California CHP

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.

Neil Koehler, the company's president and CEO, said: ‘The Stockton cogeneration system will replace most of the electricity we currently purchase from the grid and will reduce our energy costs by an estimated three to four million dollars per year.’

He added: ‘Rather than destroying waste gases, we will reuse them as a source of process energy, reducing costs and improving profitability.’

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