Energy Sciences Research, Nebraska Center for


Date of this Version



Issued by the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research.


The goal of this research is to support the development of a biofuel power unit industry in Nebraska to increase the use of agricultural resources, crops and the resulting biofuels that are produced in the region. Two Nebraska companies developed commercially available technologies to utilize denatured ethanol and other biofuels in industrial power‐units. The successful validation and demonstration of these technologies will support adaptation in water pumping and electrical generation plant applications. It will also document exhaust emissions and compare operating cost with traditional engines and fuels. These technologies could reduce peak load electrical energy demand resulting from electrical powered irrigation pumping stations, improved emissions compared to petroleum power irrigation pumping stations or peak load electrical generating stations, and may reduce production costs for irrigated farming operations.