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Ethanol Fuel

Last updated: December 24, 2018

What Does Ethanol Fuel Mean?

Ethanol fuel is a renewable fuel that is commonly domestically produced or fermented from agricultural waste, grain or corn. Ethanol fuel is also produced in a chemical extraction from ethylene (via hydration). Ethanol fuel is ethyl alcohol, the same type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages.

Ethanol fuel is used primarily as a supplement to motor spirit, gasoline or petrol. It is most often used in internal combustion engines.

Ethanol fuel is also known as ethyl alcohol.


Corrosionpedia Explains Ethanol Fuel

Using ethanol can reduce oil dependence and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Pure ethanol is not sold alone; it is generally mixed with gasoline in various concentrations making it a transitional fuel. For example, E85 is a common mixture containing 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. E10 and E15 are two other blends of ethanol and gasoline. The number after the "E" indicates the percentage of ethanol by volume.

Ethanol is less volatile than gasoline, reducing the likelihood of an explosion after spills or accidents. Although it is more corrosive than gasoline, it is less toxic. Ethanol is most corrosive to ferrous metals – those metals that contain iron, such as steel.



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