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What is Ethanol?

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What is Ethanol? Ethanol, CH3CH2OH, is an alcohol-based fuel, which is a clear, colorless liquid with a pleasant scent. It is also known as ethyl alcohol or grain alcohol. In dilute aqueous solution Ethanol has a sweet flavor but in concentrated solutions it has a burning taste. Ethanol melts at -114.1oC and boils at 78.5oC. Ethanol burns in air with a blue flame forming carbon dioxide and water. It reacts with some metals and with certain acids to form other substances. How is Ethanol Made? Ethanol is the alcohol of beer, wines and liquors. It can be prepared from a variety of sources. Since the ancient times it has been made from the fermentation of sugars. In most of the places worldwide it is still made by this process. In Canada Ethanol is made by growing crops like primary corn, wheat and barley. ...read more.

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Widely used as a solvent for making varnishes and perfumes. Also used in preparation of essences and flavorings. Commonly used in Medicines and Drugs. Also used as Antiseptic Medicine. At the same time used for solvent in paint. Manufacture of Acetaldehyde and Acetic Acid. In the fluid of Thermometer. Preserving Biological Specimens. Used as an Alternative Fuel. It was quite greatly used in the 1880's when Henry Ford build a vehicle, which could run on Ethanol. Also many cars have been made in Brazil where most of the cars run on Ethanol because the government as an excess amount of sugar can which can be converted into Ethanol. The Chemical Equation for the Combustion of Ethanol The chemical equation for the combustion of Ethanol is: C2H50H+02---->>>CO2+H2O+Energy When one mole of Ethanol is burned or heated it releases 1409.4 kilojoules of heat. ...read more.

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Even after Ethanol is used some emissions, which are dangerous to the environment, are released. 70% are still released. Ethanol can be poisonous if drunk on inhaled. When Ethanol is used in Medicines and Drugs it can have side effects like Sleepiness and etc. If Ethanol reaches in the bloodstream there can be impairment of vision, unconsciousness and many other things, which can lead to disorders throughout the body. Conclusion Ethanol is a good alternative way of solving the problem worldwide like greenhouse effect and etc but still it is still not too good for the environment. The way to reduce its impact on the society is by first solving the problem of air pollution and to use Alternative Fuels like Electric Cars, Solar Powered Cars or Hydrogen or Pure Water, which produce no emissions and are available in plenty around the world. The fossil fuels, which are used right now around the world, produce a lot of harmful emissions when they are burnt in the combustion engine or chamber. ...read more.

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