The chances are that you have used or consumed a product containing renewable ethanol in the past week. While most renewable ethanol produced in Europe needs up being used in your fuel tank, it is also used by many other industrial sectors to produce countless consumer products.
Significant volumes of renewable ethanol are produced for the beverage and industrial markets from agricultural feedstock, such as grains and sugar beet. Renewable ethanol produced for these industries differs from ethanol for fuel only in its strength, which can vary between 96% and 99.9% and in its purity, depending on the end use.
Perhaps the best-known end-user of renewable ethanol – after the transport sector – is the drinks industry. Renewable ethanol is used to make many kinds of spirits, such vodka, gin and anisette.
The ethanol used as an intermediary product by the chemical, pharmaceutical or cosmetics industry is in many cases of the highest and purest possible quality. These are premium markets due to the additional steps in the alcohol production process that are necessary to achieve the required purity. The same high standards and processes apply when alcohol is used for the production of spirit drinks.
antibacterial hand sanitiser gels.
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