Ethanol is a colorless, flammable liquid which is produced from the fermentation of sugar. This post will tell you some of the most common uses of ethanol in the world today.
Uses of Ethanol
- Ethanol is often called ‘drinking alcohol’ or ‘pure alcohol’ as it is the prime ingredient in alcoholic beverages. Ethanol is the intoxicating substance in alcohol.
- Ethanol can be used as a fuel for motor vehicles. Ethanol make a good fuel for cars because it reduces the emission of harmful gases such as carbon monoxide. Brazil are one of the leaders in the production of cars that run on ethanol. Over 20% of cars in Brazil are able to run on 100% ethanol fuel.
- Lightweight rocket-powered racing aircraft often use ethanol as rocket fuel.
- Ethanol is used in antiseptic and some antibacterial soaps and wipes. Ethanol is effective against viruses, fungi and most bacteria but is ineffective against bacterial spores.
- Ethanol is occasionally used to treat poisoning by other alcohols that are more deadly (methanol is one particular example).
- As ethanol is soluble in water, it can be used in a variety of different products. These include paint, permanent markers, perfumes and deodorants. Ethanol may also be used as a solvent in cooking, such as vodka sauce.
- Ethanol is considered a ‘feedstock’ into the chemical industry as it is used to make other important chemicals.