The energy matrix examines the full spectrum of future energy sources and associated problems. It is meant to be a thought provoking publication for students who will be our future technocrats, engineers, and physicists. We will include concepts such as solar, DG, CHP and concepts that are not practical today such as ice engines. Send Comments to BilPat4342@AOL.com
Solar and Wind Farms could pave the way for
saver nuclear power plants
A considerable amount of energy, usually from coal, is required to produce ethanol. Getting heat directly from corn may be a better than producing ethanol with respect to global warming. For this reason, I found this email from a reader
Energy Saving Light
Cost of Coal for July,08
The cost of coal varies greatly with region according to US EIA (Click toVisit Site) The highest price coal is $130 ton (13000 Btu/lb) in Northern Appalachia and only $14 ton (8800 Btu/lb) in the Powder River Basin. The Appalachia coal cost calculates out two 200000 Btu per dollar. The Powder River cost calculates out to 1.25 million Btu per dollar.
Diesel oil is about $5.00 per the 139000Btu in a gallon. This calculates to 27,800 Btu per dollar. The most expensive coal is still over seven times cheaper than diesel or heating oil.
US has System in Place to mitigate High Cost of Diesel in the short and long term.
US energy policy must be responsive to oil price changes. The new economic reality is that oil is now simply to expensive to burn. Yet that is exactly what millions of Americans plan to do this Fall, when they start using their oil burners to heat their homes.
All homes derive some of their heat from
electricity; be it from lights, televisions, or computers. Oil,
natural gas or propane furnaces provide the majority of home heating
requirements. Many US homes are all electric and have electric baseboards,
electric furnaces as their primary heat source. However, all US
"The Saginaw News highlights new corn furnace installed by Honeywell Building Solutions Co. to heat Merrill Community Schools with an estimated 15,000 bushel of corn per heating season. Corn and other Biomass continue to offer savings over traditional energy resources keeping local energy dollars invested in local communities. Even with higher corn prices, locally produced, cleaned, and conditioned corn sold through more direct channels of distribution eliminating costs of middle men for commercial and residential heating offers real potential for many communities struggling through tough economic times. Sufficient regional market density to support strategically located processors capable of optimizing the heat value of corn and reducing waste of this vital resource in commercial and residential heating applications remains a challenge for corn as the market continues to develop.
Heating corn for use with multifuel pellet stoves in abundance at the right price. Here are some interesting websites for further information on corn for residential and commercial heating applications. Fuel Co-Ops are being pioneered in larger metropolitan areas to improve availability of corn to homeowners."
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