Complete Distillation of Ethanol by Solar Concentrating Method

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2006: $6,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2010
Region: North Central
State: Missouri
Project Coordinator:

Annual Reports


  • Miscellaneous: ethanol


  • Energy: biofuel feedstocks, renewable energy, solar energy

    Proposal summary:

    The project consists of a large Solar Concentrator Dish at least 10 feet in diameter with a fractionating column batch distilling device positioned in front of the collector. The solar concentrator tracks the sun throughout the day and distills (ethanol) alcohol. In addition, excess energy is diverted to heat a non-freezable liquid to aid in heating our sales building at West Orchards.

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