Integration of Biorefineries and Nuclear Cogeneration Power Plants - A Preliminary Analysis

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Biomass-based ethanol and nuclear power are two viable elements in the path to U.S. energy independence. Numerous studies suggest nuclear power could provide a practical carbon-free heat source alternative for the production of biomass-based ethanol. In order for this coupling to occur, it is necessary to examine the interfacial requirements of both nuclear power plants and bioethanol refineries. This report describes the proposed characteristics of a small cogeneration nuclear power plant, a biochemical process-based cellulosic bioethanol refinery, and a thermochemical process-based cellulosic biorefinery. Systemic and interfacial issues relating to the co-location of either type of bioethanol facility with a nuclear ... continued below

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Greene, Sherrell R; Flanagan, George F & Borole, Abhijeet P March 1, 2009.

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Biomass-based ethanol and nuclear power are two viable elements in the path to U.S. energy independence. Numerous studies suggest nuclear power could provide a practical carbon-free heat source alternative for the production of biomass-based ethanol. In order for this coupling to occur, it is necessary to examine the interfacial requirements of both nuclear power plants and bioethanol refineries. This report describes the proposed characteristics of a small cogeneration nuclear power plant, a biochemical process-based cellulosic bioethanol refinery, and a thermochemical process-based cellulosic biorefinery. Systemic and interfacial issues relating to the co-location of either type of bioethanol facility with a nuclear power plant are presented and discussed. Results indicate future co-location efforts will require a new optimized energy strategy focused on overcoming the interfacial challenges identified in the report.

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  • Report No.: ORNL/TM-2008/102
  • Grant Number: DE-AC05-00OR22725
  • DOI: 10.2172/969955 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 969955
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc932747

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Greene, Sherrell R; Flanagan, George F & Borole, Abhijeet P. Integration of Biorefineries and Nuclear Cogeneration Power Plants - A Preliminary Analysis, report, March 1, 2009; [Tennessee]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc932747/: accessed September 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.