Friday, May 16, 2008

Fuel from Waste Glycerin? We'll See

There is enough waste glycerin produced in the US to produce "8 billion megawatts per year." So says XcelPlus Global Holdings, which intends to bring the new glycerin product called "Gly-Clene" to market.
Gly-Clene has the ability to power up turbine engines for electricity production or any other non-aircraft use associated with turbine engines. Gly-Clene can also be used to heat fluid bed reactors as it also performs well in oil gun furnaces as you can see in a soon to be released video linked on .

With the ever-increasing biodiesel production, the glycerin market grows as well. Subsequently, the fear of another glut has concerned biodiesel manufacturers, scratching their heads looking for a stable way to dispose of this by-product.

There is currently enough glycerin produced in the U.S. alone for Gly-Clene to produce 27,000 megawatts of electricity per day or over 8 billion megawatts per year[ed: wtf?] without even adding steam turbines to take advantage of the excess heat produced by the turbines. _EnergyDaily
Interesting, but a bit vague. A brief glimpse at the XcelPlus Global Holding website suggests that the company has ambitious goals in the field of bio-energy. Best to remain skeptical until we see more, however.

What do they mean by megawatts per day or per year? I doubt that what they say is what they mean. If they mean that there is enough excess glycerin so that using their product one could generate an average of 27,000 megawatts over a day, that would mean something--and it would be impressive. That would be roughly 27 new nuclear power plants worth of power. But we cannot know that is what they mean, without them being more clear.

Energy Daily should know better than to use inappropriate units which can only confuse the issue. As for the actual technology involved, we will just have to wait for more information to decide.

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Blogger Puppman said...

Did you watch the video on the website? It explains a little more of the numbers. All Ibelieve the numbers in the story are saying that if you took all the glycerin available in this country than that is the potential for electricity produced. It shows just how much energy glycerin can bring to produce a large amount of electricity through turbine engines

8:09 PM  
Blogger al fin said...

Interesting video. I'd like to have one of those portable turbines for my workshop.

I think I'll have to hunt down the information myself, though.

12:32 PM  

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