10 August 2016

Conversion of grain dryer to alternate fuels is not equally profitable for every silo

EXPERT VIEW to the news

There is no mass conversion to the alternative energy sources at Ukrainian silo facilities.  At the grain elevators, which operate the grainfrom third-party bailors, they rarely switch the equipment for the most expensive services – grain drying for alternate fuels.

Oleksiy Tsurkan Director of Grain Elevators Division, noted about it in his comments to the Elevatorist.com.

Natural gas is the most powerful energy source. It allows you to dry several thousand of tons per day on a single silo. All other alternatives, like biofuels and pellets, sharply decline the productivity and the volumes of dried grain per day, – Oleksiy Tsurkan explains

The owners of silo facilities, who take grain from third parties, work at increasing of the volumes of the grain processing. They do not hurry up to abandon gas. In other case, the productivity of the drying installation falls at times. Such a result does not fit with the main objective – increase in production.

Today we dry about 4 thousand tons of grain at each silo. If we use biofuels, this index will fall twice. That is why it is not profitable for us, — Oleksiy Tsurkan comments on

Elevatorist.com

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