What is Bioethanol? 22/07/16
What is it?
You may have heard of Bioethanol or even seen it being used but not actually know what it is or its potential. We thought it would be useful to briefly outline how it is made, its uses and safety. Bioethanol can be used in table top burners, indoor and outdoor fireplaces and even as an additive to standard petrol. It is safe to burn indoors and so if you live in a flat or house without a flue, you can still enjoy a living flame in your room by using this Biofuel. Bioethanol is a clean burning fuel, ash free and smokeless. We sell Bionlov® Premium which is produced from ethyl alcohol of highest quality, which is then distilled. The ethyl alcohol is produced purely from plant matter. In addition, to improve the quality even more, it is refined and purified by cutting edge molecular sieves.
How is it made?
The fuel is made from the bi-products of growing sugar beet. The natural sugars are fermented and then distilled to produce pure ethanol. Take a look at the diagram below to understand the production cycle.
Ethanol burns exceptionally cleanly and the amount of CO2 released while burning is equivalent to the amount absorbed by the plants during their growth. This makes the fuel very environmentally friendly and gives it a low carbon footprint.
Is it safe?
Bioethanol is safe if used sensibly. The only products of combustion is water vapour and CO2, both in safe quantities, comparable with those produced while breathing normally. This makes the fuel ideal for heating. All ethanol fuel is labelled as a Class 3 Flammable Liquid. Bio ethanol should always be used in compliance with manufactures guidelines on equipment.
When handling and using all ethanol products, the following health and safety guidelines must be followed…
- Ethanol shouldn’t be used by children under the age of 18
- Be sure to listen to instructions given by the manufacturers of ethanol products
- It’s recommended to wear eye protection at all times when using ethanol
- Make sure you wash your hands after using ethanol products and equipment
- It’s important for you to keep ethanol products cool