What is bioethanol fuel? Bioethanol, or ethanol as it is generally called, is a fuel generally produced by a process of sugar fermentation. When the ethanol is mixed with gasoline the resulting mixture is bioethanol fuel, It can, however, be produced by other processes such as reacting ethylene with steam. The feedstocks for bioethanol are corn, waste straw, maize, and wheat crops, willow and popular trees, sawdust, reed canary grass, cord grasses, miscanthus, and sorghum, and there is lots of ongoing research and development into the use of municipal solid waste in the production of bioethanol fuel. When you see “E15” at your local gas station, this refers to the bioethanol fuel, i.e. a gasoline that has a 15% ethanol content. Likewise, when you see the term “E85”, refers to fuels that may contain up to 85% fuel ethanol. The ethanol content of most of the motor gasoline sold in the United States does not exceed 10% by volume, but a strong market continues to develop for the use of this renewable fuel as the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard calls for its use in transportation fuel.
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