What is bioethanol?

Bio ethanol and ethanol in comparison

What is ethanol in general?

Ethanol is a colorless and flammable liquid. It belongs to the group of alcohols and is contained in drinkable alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine and liqueurs.

In the past, ethanol was made by fermenting sugar, which is one of the oldest biochemical reactions we know. Today, however, it is produced industrially from ethylene.

Ethanol is not only used for the production of beverages with alcohol, but is also used as a solvent in medical and cosmetic products. In addition, ethanol in its pure form is a fuel that is used to power engines, but also as a fuel for ethanol fireplaces in the form of bioethanol.

How does bioethanol differ from normal ethanol?

Bioethanol is produced exclusively from biological waste or from biological material (renewable raw materials such as sugar beet, potatoes or grain). It is not intended to be used as drinkable alcohol, but as a fuel. In contrast to the industrially produced ethanol from ethylene, bioethanol is still “classically” made from sugar, which is broken down and then fermented. So that it does not fall under the spirits tax, it is denatured: that is, the ethanol is made inedible for humans. A so-called denaturing agent is used here, which cannot be removed from the liquid again without having to operate a great deal of effort. As a result, it is no longer economically interesting to use the ethanol as drinking alcohol after all.

Bioethanol is a biologically and sustainably produced fuel that we can use for an ethanol fireplace – without having a bad ecological conscience. It burns absolutely residue-free and with a high degree of purity (95% or 98%) also absolutely odorless, as it hardly contains any additives. High-quality bio-ethanol, as you can get it in our shop, consists of at least 95% pure bio-ethanol.

Burning does not produce any smoke or soot, only carbon dioxide and water vapor. Both are absolutely harmless to humans (we also release these gases into the environment when we breathe).

Only when the burning fireplace is extinguished does a slightly pungent and sweet smell arise, which, however, disappears quickly and poses no health risk. It is also important to keep the fireplace free of dust and other debris, which are responsible for the development of odors when burning.

What must be considered when storing ethanol?

You can safely store ethanol in your apartment, in your basement or on the balcony. For fire protection reasons it should not be more than five liters. The containers should of course be tightly closed and not stored in the vicinity of open flames – but that goes without saying. The advantage of storing bio ethanol is that it takes up much less space than wood can also be stored in the living area.

The advantages of bioethanol summarized:

  • Ecological
  • Fossil fuel
  • No CO2 emissions
  • Little storage space required
  • Sustainable

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