Project Synopsis

Provide design services for the development of a cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant in support of a proposal to the Department of Energy. Simulation diagrams: Pulverizing and Delignification, Bioreactor Section

Project Summary

CELLULOSIC ETHANOL DEMOSTRATION PLANT DESIGN

The client owns and operates multiple commercial ethanol facilities and has developed a new method for converting straw and other cellulosic materials to ethanol.  Process Engineering Associates (PROCESS) was contracted by the client to provide design services for the development of a cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant.

Project tasks included the following:

  • Developing a ChemCad simulation model based on bench-scale data provided by the client
  • Producing a mass and energy balance of the process
  • Determining what equipment would be needed to convert this process from a pilot-plant scale process to a demonstration plant operation
  • Developing process flow diagrams (PFDs)
  • Developing piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs)
  • Preparing an equipment list and getting budget quotes for the equipment

PROCESS had to accommodate an accelerated schedule for this project due to the client needing this information for a Department of Energy (DOE) proposal deadline. 

Industry Type

  • Alternative fuels

Utilized Skills

  • Process modeling
  • Rapid preliminary process design
  • Pilot-plant to demonstration plant scale up

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