Saving energy with natural-air grain drying

Authors: Hansen, R, E Troyer, H Keener
Description: The objectives of the poster are (1) to review proven justifications for drying shelled corn with natural air compared to using high-temperature drying systems that depend primarily on fossil fuels (2) to discuss new technologies for controlling natural-air corn drying processes (3) to outline the impact of recent changes in corn growing systems on drying requirements such as increasing electrical energy and fossil fuel costs, seed corn genetics, increased heat units (global warming) that lead to early dry down and (4) to list the equipment and estimate the cost of the investment required to adapt existing storage bins to natural-air grain drying bins (5) to identify crops in addition to corn that can be dried successfully with natural air and finally, (6) to recognize the costs of over drying crops that are to be marketed commercially
Keywords: shelled corn, fossil fuel, electronic controllers, storage bins, ethanol, propane
Technical field: technical_fields_app4
Session name: Food and bioprocess engineering
Date: 2012
Identifier: CSBE12088

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