Decker Electric is helping Kansas Ethanol (Lyons, KS) make their entire plant self-sufficient and even creating energy to sell back to the power company. This Combined Heat and Power Partnership (CHP) is an energy efficient technology that generates electricity and captures the heat that would otherwise be wasted to provide thermal energy (steam water in this case). By capturing this heat and avoiding distribution loss, CHP can achieve efficiencies of over 80 percent compared to 50 percent for typical technologies (conventional electricity generation and on-site boiler).
This co-generation power plant facility has 13 megawatts of power. The exhaust heat from the turbine will power the steam boiler. There will be a three day medium voltage shut down in May, working 24 hours round the clock, to get this power plant up and running. This is the largest medium voltage shut down Decker has ever completed.