July 2011
Electronic Journal of Environmental, Agricultural & Food Chemist;Jul/Aug2011, Vol. 10 Issue 7, p2581
Academic Journal
Energy audit was carried out in Isabgul processing plant to optimize power consumption. The power requirement of the traditional plant was 21.0 horsepower. The manufacturing of Isabgul processing machinery is not an organized industry. Actual need for power at each operation is not specified by the manufacturer resulting into wastage of energy by installing higher hp motor. Energy utilization efficiency can also be improved by identifying the federate and clearances between under runner disk, where maximum husk recovery is obtained. Study was carried out to determine total energy required for processing of Isabgul seed at each operation and identify the scope to conserve energy by technology upgradation, increasing efficiency of machinery by proper selection of feed rate, clearances between emery disk and reduction of process time. The result shows that the percentage of husk recovered was affected significantly due to different feed rate and clearances. The 175 kg/hr feed rate recorded highest husk percentage i.e., 27.15 per cent under treatment combination of Set-3 (Clearances between under runner disk ranging from 1.55 mm. to 1.18 mm.) and total energy consumption was found 5.46 kwh.


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