What is bioethanol fuel?
Bioethanol - or simply “ethanol” - is a renewable energy source made by fermenting the sugar and starch components of plant by-products. These by-products primarily include sugarcane and crops such as grain.
What is bioethanol used for?
The biofuel sold on our website is specifically for use in our range of bioethanol fireplaces. More generally speaking, however, biofuel is used ia versatile product with a wide range of applications including:
- as a fuel for generating power via thermal combustion
- as a transport fuel that can replace standard petrol
- as a fuel for the fuel cells used in thermochemical reactions
- as feedstock for use within the chemicals industry
- as a fuel in cogeneration (or combined heat and power) systems that generate useful electricity and heat
Bioethanol is used for many different reasons because it is a much cleaner product than other types of fuel. Within the transport industry, for example, ethanol releases fewer environmentally-damaging emissions compared to traditional petrol and diesel.
The production of ethanol also serves to improve energy supplies and reduce dependency on oil-related fuels. When used to fuel domestic fireplaces, bioethanol is both better for the environment.
What is bioethanol fuel made from?
Bioethanol is a natural type of ethanol made by fermenting the sugar and starch components of plant by-products including:
- Waste straw
Bioethanol fuel production is fairly simple and includes a few steps including:
- Milling: Grains or other materials are crushed to release starch
- The addition of enzymes and water and then heating to allow conversion into sugar that can be fermented
- Fermentation: This is done using yeast
- Distillation: The ethanol is cleaned and purified using distillation
Bioethanol production is also minimally harmful to the environment and works in a simple way. Once fermented, the ethanol can be burned to produce a flame and heat.Its one of the quickest and hassle free ways of installing a real flame fireplace in the home.