Energy uses for cotton ginning in Australia

Ismail, Siti A. and Chen, Guangnan and Baillie, Craig and Symes, Troy (2011) Energy uses for cotton ginning in Australia. Biosystems Engineering, 109 (2). pp. 140-147. ISSN 1537-5110


Ginning is an energy intensive process. This paper evaluates the energy usage inside cotton gins in Australia. Benchmark electricity use for the years 2007 and 2008 was found to range between 46.5 and 58.55 kWh (167.4–210.8 MJ) per bale, with the average being 52.3 kWh (188.3 MJ). The electricity consumption for different gins was positively correlated with bale numbers produced. Electricity and gas usage comprised of 61% and 39% of total energy use respectively. A method for the detailed monitoring of energy performance in cotton ginning is developed and described. From the detailed monitoring carried out at two gin sites, it was suggested that changes in trash content and degree of moisture in the module and lint quality produced did not have significant influence on electricity usage. 57% (74) of motors inside the gin operated at less than 60% loading. Overall, cotton handling was found to be the largest energy user and accounted for nearly 50% of power use in both gins. Packaging and handling together used 70% of total power required. With the installation of capacitor banks, all gins monitored had an overall power factor of higher than 0.81. It was estimated that 60.38 kg of CO2-equivalent emissions were produced by energy usage for ginning one bale of cotton.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2011 06:53
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 22:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; capacitor bank; cotton gin; cotton ginning; electricity usage; electricity consumption; power factors
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070307 Crop and Pasture Post Harvest Technologies (incl. Transportation and Storage)
09 Engineering > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering > 091012 Textile Technology
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091205 Functional Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8604 Leather Products, Fibre Processing and Textiles > 860402 Cotton Ginning
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2011.02.010

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