Florida has 100 million citrus trees on 700,000 acres yielding 5 million tons of citrus waste. It is essential that Florida’s future ethanol production be based on Florida biomass. Citrus Energy, LLC implements this commercially viable process which transforms this abundant agricultural waste stream into locally produced, clean, affordable biofuel together with high value co-products.
Output products produced in the citrus waste to ethanol process:
- Fuel Ethanol - Ethanol produced from citrus waste is chemically identical to ethanol produced from corn.
- Limonene - Limonene is a terpene based solvent which is the fruit's natural defense against bacteria, viruses, and molds. For efficient fermentation the limonene level must be reduced by approximately 90%. The market for limonene is as a "green" solvent and citrus aroma additive. It is currently being supplied from the limonene recovered by the citrus juice processors during the juice extraction operation.
- Cattle Feed - Solids (equivalent to wet distillers' grains from corn) recovered from the distillation system after ethanol stripping will be delivered to the existing feedmill for drying.
Existing road and rail transportation systems servicing the citrus plant are used to take the products to market. Florida uses 9 billion gallons of gasoline annually; therefore the local ethanol demand for a 10% blend (E10) is 900 million gallons annually.
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