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Five Friday Facts: Ethanol

Posted on the 29 April 2011 by 2ndgreenrevolution @2ndgreenrev

Five Friday Facts: Ethanol

  • The use of E-10 Unleaded (10 percent ethanol/90 percent ordinary unleaded gasoline) is approved for use by every major automaker in the world.
  • One bushel of corn yields about 2.8 gallons of ethanol.
  • 2006 represented the third largest corn harvest in the nation’s history. Ethanol production consumed about 18% of it – some 2.15 billion bushels.
  • Ethanol production in the U.S. hit a record 4.86 billion gallons in 2006—nearly double the amount produced in 2000.By my calculations (2.8 gallons per bushel, times 2.15 billion bushels yields more than 6 billion gallons.
  • There are some 6 million “flexible fuel” vehicles on America ’s highways that can run on up to 85 percent ethanol (E85).

Source: http://www.ethanolfacts.com/ETHL2007/quickfacts.html

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