Ethanol is a clean-burning, high-octane motor fuel that is produced from renewable sources. Ethanol is grain alcohol produced from biomasses that could be found in the United States, thus lowering the rate of importation from foreign countries.

E10: 10% ethanol and 90% unleaded gasoline

E10 fuel is recommended by most automakers due to its nigh performance and clean burning characteristics that helps the car engines run longer and smoother. Today, more than 75% of America’s gasoline has a blend of E10.

E85: 85% ethanol and 15% unleaded gasoline

E85 is only used for flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs). There are currently 8.5 million FFVs on the American roads. More and more cars are becoming a FFV thus increasing the demand for E85.


Distillers Grain- the distillers grain are the remaining 30% of the unused material for starch based ethanol. A bushel of corn weighs 56 pounds and will produce at least 2.8 gallons of ethanol and 17 pounds of distillers grain. Distillers grain can be manufactured into dried distillers grain with soluble (DDGS), which is a high quality feedstuff, ration for daily cattle, beef cattle, swine, poultry, and aquaculture. Historically, over 85% of DDGS has been fed to dairy and beef cattle; it has also been an excellent ingredient for ruminant diets.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2)- during the fermentation stage of ethanol production, CO2 is released into the atmosphere. The collection of the coproduce can be marketed and sold for profits after the cleansing of residual alcohol. CO2 can be used for carbonated beverages; manufactures dry ice, and used to flash freeze meat.


The Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass (“Top 10”) reports identify the top building block chemicals/chemical classes that can be produced from biomass sugars and lignin via biological or chemical conversion pathways. Provided below is a chart from the report which shows the potential biochemicals which could be produced from biomass and the end markets they serve.