Thermal mass flow meters can be used in ethanol production to measure fuel gas, air flows, and waste gases to optimize process efficiency and reduce pollution.
Ethanol or ethyl alcohol is produced from a complex process involving both fermentation tanks and distillation tanks.
Ethanol Process Distillation and Fermentation Monitoring
Thermal mass flow meters are used to measure air flow and fuel flow going into the distillation tanks to improve the air-fuel ratio which improves combustion. A significant way to reduce energy consumption in a manufacturing environment is to optimize the combustion control of process heaters such as distillation tanks. Combustion efficiency and energy management is achieved through accurate and repeatable measurement of gases.
Additionally, this process produces waste gases and volatile organic compounds. By using thermal flow meters to measure the CO2 leaving the fermentation tanks, process inefficiencies are assessed and environmental compliance requirements can be met.
Measure and Monitor Fuel Gas and Air Flow
Sage Prime Insertion Style Thermal Mass Flow Meters are easy to install in existing boiler lines. Their wide turndown and fast response to flow changes provide an ideal solution to help optimize the combustion efficiency associated with the distillation process.