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Renewable Fuel Educational Demo

Overview

Renewable fuels – such as ethanol, biodiesel, bio-oil and other oxygenated fuels – are made from renewable resources including corn, sugar cane and beet, wheat, oilseed crops such as soy or rape seeds, or from biomass such as corn hulls, spruce, larch, and switch grass. They are considered renewable fuel sources because the source used to produce the fuel is an organic natural resource that can be replenished.

Renewable fuel sources replace non-renewable fuels such as natural gas, propane, and other fossil fuels. They have been proven to reduce the overall volume of carbon dioxide (CO2) entering the atmosphere because as the plants grow, they absorb CO2. And, when burned to process an energy source or power your vehicle, they typically have lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Demonstration Steps

Step One

  • The State will use a renewable fuel source to replace the conventional fossil fuel.
  • A boiler typically burns conventional fossil fuels to produce steam.

Step Two

  • The renewable fuel will be burned in the boiler and heat will be transferred to heating tubes.

Step Three

  • The heating tubes will heat the water to boiling which will create steam.
  • The steam produced by the boiler will be sent out to heating coils and equipment demanding heat throughout the Capitol Complex.