Ethanol 2012-11-14T10:21:48+00:00

Ethanol is a renewable fuel made from various plant  materials, which collectively are called “biomass.” Ethanol contains  the same chemical compound (C2H5OH) found in alcoholic beverages. Nearly half  of U.S. gasoline contains ethanol in a low level blend to oxygenate the fuel  and reduce air pollution. Ethanol is also increasingly available in E85, an  alternative fuel that can be used in flexible fuel vehicles. Studies have  estimated that ethanol and other biofuels could replace 30% or more of U.S.  gasoline demand by 2030.

Ethanol is a natural, non-toxic alcohol that burns clean and  reduces greenhouse emissions by as much as 59 percent. It’s made in America, in  rural farming areas all across the country. Ethanol is made from crops and  other plant material grown right here in the U.S. Most is currently made from  field corn, but new technologies are allowing ethanol to be made from other  materials such as switchgrass, wood chips and agricultural waste. Standard corn  ethanol uses the starch in the corn kernel – the rest of the proteins and nutrients  are saved and used as a valuable livestock feed called distillers grains.