Ethanol’s role in the world’s chemical industry continues to expand dramatically. Known foremost as an alternative automotive fuel, ethanol is also produced for a variety of industrial applications.
As the uses for ethanol have expanded, so have the number of feedstocks that are used in its production. Corn has traditionally been the feedstock of choice, but growing in popularity is cellulosic biomass processing, which may become the most common ethanol-production process.
Cellulosic biomass – lignocellulose harvested from plant waste or dedicated "energy crops" – has tremendous potential as a feedstock for ethanol production due to its easy availability and potentially high fuel yields. When processed, the cellulosic feedstock yields ethanol that is chemically identical to grain-based ethanol.
Realizing the potential of all types of ethanol, the OPW Fluid Transfer Group has made a concerted effort to create products that are compatible with the processing, loading, transporting, unloading and storage of the chemical, no matter its feedstock. With OPW FTG’s innovative component design, precision manufacturing and world-class distribution, all types of ethanol can be produced and transported better, faster and safer than ever thought possible.