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Lurgi starts up ethanol plant in California

By Gerald Ondrey |

Lurgi, Inc. (Memphis, Tenn.; www.lurgi.com), a member of the Air Liquide group of companies announces the successful completion and start-up of a state-of-the-art ethanol facility for Calgren Renewable Fuels, LLC (Calgren; Pixley, Calif.; www.calgren.com). The Calgren plant incorporates industry leading operational efficiencies and process conversion technology, and is the only ethanol plant currently operating in the state. Calgren and Lurgi collaborated on unique designs that optimize the plant’s energy efficiency and incorporate the production of value added co-products.   The plant is powered by an Ultra Low NOx gas turbine generator capable of producing 5,800 KW of electricity as well as process steam, which results in a 20–25% reduction of steam consumption compared to the industry norm, says Lurgi. With one of the lowest carbon footprints of any ethanol plant in the U.S., Calgren’s plant will have annual production of 55 million gallons of fuel alcohol and 400,000 tons of animal feed.
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