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Did you know that corn is not just a healthy food source but also fuels vehicles? Yes, it is certainly possible in the world of biofuels! In a petroleum-dependent world, biofuels serve as best alternatives to the limited fossil fuels. Ethanol is a biofuel that is emerging as an effective replacement for petroleum. Using ethanol as fuel, either independently or combined with other fuels has received much attention, because it has various economical and environmental benefits over petroleum.
Ethanol fuel is an alcohol that is obtained from plants such as corn, sugarcane, soybeans, etc. In the United States, ethanol is mainly produced from corn starch. During the preparation process, starch from the plant material is fermented and refined into sugars. It is then converted to ethanol by the microbes. Ethanol works as fuel for your car, when combined with petroleum. Burning ethanol emits less greenhouse gas than what is emitted by petroleum. Currently, the United States is the largest producer of corn ethanol. This infographic provides the facts and statistics on ethanol production and consumption in America.
The production of ethanol is going up each year in the U.S and millions of gallons are being exported. Millions of acres of land is used to cultivate corn, out of which 37% corn crop goes into making ethanol. It has reduced the dependence on petroleum, which is expensive and also harmful to the environment. In the U.S. Illinois and Minnesota states are among the largest users of ethanol. In other states the consumption is less to nil.
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