Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sunburst Oranges: Citrus Pulp Used In Biomass Fuel

Biomass is fuel that is developed from organic materials, a renewable and sustainable source of energy used to create electricity or other forms of power.

Biomass is a renewable source of fuel to produce energy because waste residues will always exist – in terms of scrap wood, mill residuals and forest resources; and properly managed forests will always have more trees, and we will always have crops and the residual biological matter from those crops.

While you may have heard of biomass fuel did you know that the residue from all types of citrus pulp can be used as part of the mix of raw material for biomass fuel?

Efficient biomass conversion depends on locally available resources due to high shipping costs of biomass. Cellulosic ethanol and gasification processes are just entering the early commercial phase and offer many opportunities for improvement.

Sources For Biomass Fuels

Municipal waste, green waste
Bagasse and sugarcane waste
Citrus pulp
Forest residues & trimmings
Invasive trees and plants
Animal waste
Agricultural residues
Energy crops from trees such as pines and hardwoods
Agricultural crops such as grasses, corn, sweet sorghum, and sweet potato.

Cellulosic Ethanol from Biomass

Cellulosic ethanol is a biofuel produced from inedible parts (lignocellulose) of plants. Lignocellulose is composed mainly of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. Switchgrass, woodchips, sweet sorghum, orange peels are some of the more popular cellulosic materials for ethanol production.  Cellulosic ethanol has the advantage of abundant and diverse raw material compared to sources like corn and cane sugars.

By using a variety of feedstocks for refining cellulosic ethanol, fuel can be produced in nearly every region of the country.  Though it requires a more complex refining process, cellulosic ethanol contains more net energy and results in lower greenhouse emissions than traditional corn-based ethanol.  E-85, an ethanol-fuel blend comprised of 85-percent ethanol, is already available in more than 1,000 fueling stations nationwide and can power millions of flexible fuel vehicles already on the roads.

If you are looking for the perfect wholesome gift for a business associates, family or friends? A quick visit to can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We sell only the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy.

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Sunburst Oranges
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257

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