More Information about Ethanol


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Ethanol is made from a variety of feedstocks, such as corn (mainly in the United States, Canada and Europe), wheat (mainly in Europe), sugarcane (mainly in Brazil and India) and even crude oil (in a few petrochemical plants at selected sites worldwide).

The largest use of ethanol worldwide and especially in the United States, European Union and Brazil is in gasoline as a high-octane, clean-burning, renewable fuel. Ethanol contains oxygen that stimulates the more efficient combustion of petrol fuels in petrol and diesel engines. In doing so renewable fuels reduce harmful exhaust emissions that pollute the environment.

Industrial ethanol grade is used as a raw material in several industrial applications, such as Beverage, Food, Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care, Ink, Industrial Cleaning and Hygiene, Surface Coating and Explosives.