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What is Ethanol?
Last Updated:  06/25/2015 06:30:18 AM

  • Ethanol  (CH3CH2OH)is made by fermenting any biomass high in carbohydrates (starches, sugars, or celluloses). So, ethanol is an alcohol, the same as in beer and wine.  Just to let you know that the ethanol used as a fuel is modified to make it undrinkable.
  • Ethanol is mostly used as blending agent with gasoline to increase octane and cut down carbon monoxide and other smog-causing emissions.  A new class of vehicles that can run on a mixture of gasoline and up to 85% ethanol are commercially available.
  • Ethanol made from cellulosic biomass materials instead of traditional feedstocks (starch crops) is called bioethanol.

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Argonne expert addresses energy, environmental impacts of fuel ethanol :  new link -- ARGONNE, Ill. (Aug. 23, 2005) A recent national debate has arisen over the net energy and environmental benefits of ethanol as a substitute for gasoline in transportation fuels. Argonne researcher Michael Wang, a world-leading expert in this field, presented the results of his research today at the Ethanol Energy Open Forum, sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. 
Central MN Ethanol Co op:  producing fuel grade ethanol from locally grown corn.
Chippewa Valley Ethanolcompany:  dry mill ethanol plant.
Commercial Alcohol:  Canadian manufacturer of ethanol.
Iogen Corporation:  develops, manufactures, and markets industrial enzyme products for the pulp and paper, textiles, and animal feed industry. Also develops clean renewable fuels. 
Is ethanol energy-efficient?:  One of the most controversial issues relating to ethanol is the question of what environmentalists call the "net energy" of ethanol production. Simply put, is more energy used to grow and process the raw material into ethanol than is contained in the ethanol itself?

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