The German bioethanol producers are ready to supply the required quantities of ethanol for disinfectants in the coronavirus crisis after changes that make it possible technical bioethanol to be used for the production of sanitisers.
The German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe) last week said that the authorities recently issued the new regulations in line with WHO recommendations to loosen the manufacturing requirements in order to help the chemical industry and pharmacies increase production. According to BDBe the production capacity for high-purity neutral alcohol is exhausted all around Europe. The plants in Germany can produce about two million litres bioethanol per day, which until now has been sold mainly as fuel.
The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) said that France and Austria have also allowed the use of technical alcohol for disinfection.
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