This study evaluates the technical and economical feasibility for production of motor-fuel alcohol from a plant with a capacity of 50 million US gallons per year. The evaluation includes a detailed process design using proven technology, a complete budget estimate of the plant investment including working capital, a detailed analysis of the annual operating cost using corn as the primary feedstock, and a complete financial analysis which establishes the alcohol selling price required to net to the investor a 15% discounted cash flow - interest rate of return. This is called the base case evaluation. In addition, other considerations for production of motor-fuel alcohol were evaluated and are discussed here, namely: excursions on plant capacities; excursions on feedstock material; sensitivity analyses on financial parameters; and substitution of corn stover for coal as the fuel source. The report also includes an assessment and commentary on the agricultural, technological, and economic impact of a major gasohol program in the US.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Katzen (Raphael) Associates

    Cincinnati, OH  United States 

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Publication Date: 1979-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 368 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00305066
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: EJ-78-C-01-6639
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 11 1980 12:00AM