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Fuel ethanol: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2016
Europe’s fuel ethanol market has a clouded outlook into the third quarter. Early third-quarter values waned, puzzling some who had expected second-quarter strength to roll into summertime’s typical uptick, which is largely thanks to the summer driving season.
The outlook partly depends on whether this summer demand materialises. Another factor is supply: eyes are on the July restart of a mothballed UK plant owned by CropEnergies which has 400,000cbm/year capacity, and the sale of Europe’s largest ethanol plant at Rotterdam after its holding company filed for bankruptcy. Whether the European Commission will challenge a court annulment of EU anti-dumping duties on US ethanol producers is another question that will be answered in the third quarter.
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About Fuel ethanol
The largest outlet for ethanol is a fuel, gasoline extender and oxygenate additive to gasoline. Ethanol also has other uses such as a solvent, the manufacture of a number of chemical intermediates, and as an additive to food and beverages.
Fuel-grade ethanol or bio-ethanol is made from the fermentation of corn or sugar cane although other feedstocks such as sugar beat, grains and other carbohydrates can be used. Second generation processes are being developed to use grasses, straw, and wood and agricultural wastes.
In Europe, ethanol is blended directly into gasoline but is also used to make ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE), a gasoline oxygenate and extender. Some European methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) manufacturers have the flexibility to produce both MTBE and ETBE.
The US is the world’s largest producer of bio-ethanol with most of its ethanol produced from corn. Most cars in the US can run on blends of up to 10% ethanol.
Brazil is the second largest producer but produces its bio-ethanol from sugar cane. Many of Brazil’s light vehicles are flexible fuel vehicles that can run on any proportion of gasoline and ethanol. Brazil has started manufacturing polyethylene (PE) from ethylene made from bio-ethanol.