An Educational Resource
Ethanol is a common alcohol made by fermenting the sugar and starch components of renewable plant materials by using yeast. Humans discovered ethanol not long after they figured out how to put fire to good use. Today, ethanol can be found in most all of the gasoline sold in Kentucky and the United States because it burns cleaner and boosts engine performance.
Biofuels are produced at a number of locations across Kentucky because we have a good supply of farm-grown feedstock and natural resources, as well as markets for fuel use.
Kentucky retailers, businesses and consumers are interested in utilizing local, renewable fuels that can be made from sources we provide within the commonwealth. Improved technologies on the farm, at fuel production facilities, and in engines are at work to make biofuels more sustainable than ever before.
Biodiesel is used to refer to renewable fuels that can be burned in a diesel engine. Biodiesel is most often made from the oil extracted from a variety of plants (primarily soybeans), or it can be made from animal fats. It is the first and only EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel in commercial-scale production and can be used without modification of the diesel engine.
Biofuels are fuels derived from renewable, biological materials (biomass) such as sugars, starches, fibrous and woody plants, algae, seed oils, and animal fats. The most popular types are biofuels that are produced are ethanol and biodiesel. These fuels can be burned to power engines or produce heat.