Fuel applications

Alcohol for fuel applications is commonly referred to as bioethanol.
The greatest part of the alcohol produced worldwide is indeed neither consumed as a beverage nor used in medicinal or industrial applications, but for some years now has ended up in the tanks of internal combustion engines of motor vehicles as fuel replacing gasoline. About 80% of the ethanol produced around the world is used for fuel. World leader in the production of bioethanol is the USA, closely followed by Brazil. Due to its many benefits, fuelling cars with bioethanol is becoming increasingly popular in Europe as well.
Bioethanol as an alternative to fossil fuels has a range of advantages:
  • It preserves fossil resources.
  • It secures the supply with high-quality fuel from domestic raw materials.
  • It helps to protect the climate.
  • It creates a new branch of industry and strengthens rural areas.
  • It has beneficial chemical properties compared with conventional fuels.
Through conventional distillation and rectification, alcohol with a purity of around 96 vol.-% can be produced. However, to be used as a fuel in Europe, pure bioethanol with at least 99.7 vol.-% is needed. To reach this, the alcohol needs to undergo a dehydration, or, in other words, a "drying" process.
With its advanced dehydration facilities Ryssen Alcools is excellently positioned in a growing market to produce bioethanol for fuel applications.

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