The Fuel Alcohol Industry—She’s Younger and Bigger But Is She Wiser?

Peer-Reviewed Paper

MBAA TQ vol. 42, no. 3, 2005, pp. 173-177  |  VIEW ARTICLE

W. M. (Mike) Ingledew. Applied Microbiology and Food Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8, Canada.

The fuel alcohol industry evolved much more recently, somewhat in parallel but distinctively, from the better known and understood potable beverage industry. As such, it has developed with little industry-wide appreciation of its size and strength and of the uniqueness of its science. This short paper is designed to help the industry appreciate the progress made by fuel alcohol producers and the differences in their technology.
Keywords: dewatering, distillation, drying, ethanol, fermentation, fuel, mash production, spent grain, technology


La industria del alcohol para combustible ha evolucionado mucho en los últimos años, un poco en paralelo pero de manera distinta a la industria de bebidas alcohólicas. Se ha desarrollado sin que las industrias semejantes aprecien su tamaño y la manera en que se diferencia de aquellas. Aquí se señala el progreso hecho por los productores de alcohol para combustible, destacando las diferencias en su tecnología.
Palabras claves: deshidratación, destilación, secado, etanol, fermenación, combustible, maceración, afrecho/dreche, tecnología


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