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Renewables - Fuel ethanol consumption

(thousand barrels per day)

The United States of America is the top country by fuel ethanol consumption in the world. As of 2014, fuel ethanol consumption in the United States of America was 877 thousand barrels per day. The top 5 countries also includes Brazil, Canada, China, and Germany.

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Fuel ethanol is the ethanol intended for fuel use. In the U. S. fuel ethanol must be anhydrous (less than 1 percent water). Fuel ethanol is denatured (made unfit for human consumption), usually prior to transport from the ethanol production facility, by adding 2 to 5 volume percent petroleum, typically pentanes plus or conventional motor gasoline. fuel ethanol is used principally for blending in low concentrations with motor gasoline as an oxygenate or octane enhancer. In high concentrations, it is used to fuel alternative-fuel vehicles specially designed for its use