As part of the process of burning bamboo, the bamboo passes through a drying station where we drive off water. In a 50MWe plant, the amount of water recovered from steam is approximately 100,000 Litres of pure water a day. This water has been turned to steam, sterilised and then condensed. This clean water can be filtered and sent to a bottling plant. The construction of a bottling plant on site would allow for a seperate business model. The water can still water or could be flavoured by the addition of a fruit concentrate. Once bottled into 500ml and 1L bottles, it is ready for distribution and sale.
As an extra community benefit Suxé can take delivery of all the empty glass bottles in the region, instead of polluting the country by dumping them in landfills. We can install at a cost a glass melting and glass moulding line to take the excess heat generated from the power producing process, to melt the glass. The resulting clear molten glass will be injected in brick moulds and allowed to cool. The resulting brick can be used in exactly the same wasy as clay bricks in order to build houses.
Should the 100,000 Litres of water produced every day not be bottled for resale, then it can be pumped to dams situated at the side of the power plant. Tilapia fish stocks can be introduced to these dams and farmed commercially. The nutrient rich waste water containing ammonia, nitrates and nitrites from the fish farm can be pumped directly to organic bio filters. These filters turn nitrates to nitrites via bacterialogical action on the nitrates. This nutrient rich nitrited water is an ideal fertiliser for a hydroponics farm or use in local agriculture projects.
Some of the excess water produced by the Power plant can be diverted to hydroponics tanks which can feed the hydroponics vegetable tunnels. The addition of nutrients to this water will allow vegetables to be grown in poly tunnels in the absence of soil as they are grown in a gravel medium. This highly efficient way of growing vegetables will allow all produce to be sold locally or to supermarkets and will add extra profit for the power station.
A small feedlot and animal farm can be located at the site, including a chicken farm, piggery and a cattle feedlot. The excess vegetable matter cut off the vegetables prior to packing from the hydroponics Farm can be fed directly to the animals, thus reducing the feed costs. The manure from the chickens, pigs and cows can be hydrated at the hydroponics farm together with the nutrient rich water coming from the fish farm. This will make an ideal high grade liquid fertiliser to grow vegetables. There will be almost no need to purchase additional fertiliser for the hydroponics centre.
A power station operating on Wood or bamboo will make substantial quantities of wood ash, a 50 MWe power station burning wood or bamboo will produce 60 tonnes a month of ash. Wood ash, has been used for many centuries as a basic fertiliser by gardeners. However this can be turned into a commercial fertiliser for resale. When mixed with other elements available on-site such as manure from the Animal Feedlot and composted vegetable waste the from the hydroponics Centre and Char from he pyrolysis plant the volume will double, creating 120 tonnes of exceptionally high grade fertiliser for resale every month.
At the end of the process of burning bamboo to produce electricity, we are left with a hot gas at approximately 950 degrees C. Rather than just release this hot clean gas back to the atmosphere it can be used to heat up a gasifier containing bamboo in the absence of oxygen. The bamboo is broken down to create syngas, solid and liquid oil residues. The pyrolysis process thermally degrades the bamboo in the absence of oxygen. The syngas can then be returned to the Suxé burner to enhance the combustion process. the other products from this process are bamboo char and hydrocarbon rich oil. The Char is almost 85% carbon and an ideal additive for the fertiliser. The hydrocarbon rich oils can be sold commercially.
As the bamboo arrives at the power plant, and is processed through the bio-fuel processing plant it will be turned into a bio-fuel briquette, ready for burning in the Suxé burner. There will be a planned over production of bamboo i.e. more bamboo will be grown than the power plant needs for electricity production. Some of the excess bamboo will be used in the pyrolysis plant and the rest will be turned into biofuel briquettes , which can be sold to the local community homesteads as a heating or cooking fuel. This extra revenue will enhance the Power Stations profitability.
By negotiation with the Government the proportion of the profit from the sale of electricity which would have gone in taxation, could be put aside each year for local community projects. These include, but are not limited to Schools, libraries, roads, street lighting, clinics and community centres.
Should the Power Station be a 400MWe, then the taxation proportion of the profit from the sale of electricity, could be put aside to build a Garden Town or even a City in the vicinity of the Power Station.
The siting of a power station in an area will create a lot of job opportunites, the Power Station, the hydroponics Centre, the Animal Feedlot, the Fish Farm, the water bottling plant....ALL of these will need employees. Additionally the growing of the bamboo will create lots of employment to grow, harvest and trasport the bamboo.