Ethanol Science

What is Fuel Ethanol?

This clear liquid with an agreeable odor is known by different names; ethyl alcohol, grain alcohol, or Etoh, but it all means the same thing, ethanol, which is made by fermenting and distilling simple sugars. Ethanol is a fuel produced from crops such as corn, grain sorghum, wheat, sugarcane, and other agricultural feedstocks. Most fuel ethanol produced in the U.S. is derived from corn-latest figures indicate that 10% of the U.S. corn crop is dedicated to ethanol production. In Brazil, the world's top producer of ethanol, sugar is the primary feedstock. Because ethanol is produced from crops or plants that harness the power of the sun, it is a renewable fuel.


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