Ethanol for industrial applications helped stabilize overall ethanol exports from the United States in April and May in the midst of a dark period for demand for fuel for domestic use. ; global, according to the US Grains Council.
Global fuel markets were dramatically disrupted in early 2020, said the USGC, as governments instituted movement restrictions and issued guidelines on social distancing to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Industrial end-use markets – including chemicals, solvents and consumer products – have been less affected due to the large increase in the need for disinfectants and disinfectants that use ethanol as an ingredient .
As a result, said the USGC, industrial ethanol has significantly stabilized overall U.S. ethanol exports. "As we strive to expand the global use of ethanol, we are becoming aware of how the environmental, human health and economic benefits of the product apply to uses outside the fuel market, "said Lucas Szabo, responsible for developing the global ethanol to USGC market. . "We strive to foster the development of end-use applications for industrial ethanol and to support current uses such as disinfectants."
Nebraska is a world leader in the production of ethanol. It is the second US producer of ethanol after Iowa.
Industrial markets typically account for 25% of total US ethanol exports, purchased for uses such as windshield wiper fluid in South Korea and the EU, or bioplastics in India. As fuel demand started to decrease in March, said the USGC, industrial ethanol has become a more important part of the export mix and helps support overall export exports. American ethanol.
Ethanol for industrial use accounted for about 50% of total U.S. exports in April and May, about 44 million gallons (15.7 million bushels in corn equivalent) and 33 million gallons (11, 7 million bushels in corn equivalent), respectively. The remaining half of exports continued to fuel the fuel markets. India, Nigeria and the Persian Gulf remained strong markets for ethanol for American industrial use. The increase in exports to South Korea and Mexico has been notable.
"The importance of industrial ethanol has been emphasized in recent months," said Szabo. "These markets play a key role in supporting global environmental and human health initiatives in a variety of sectors beyond transportation fuel."