Find out below about the wide range of applications of ethanol. Click here for details of our product range.

Food industry

In food production ethanol is widely used as a preservative, in the production of table vinegar and as a raw material in the manufacture and dilution of flavourings and essences.

We offer the following products for use in food production:

  • F15-A Ethanol from agricultural raw material (F15-A)
  • F25-A Ethanol from agricultural raw material (F25-A)
  • Specialities (see separate section)

Spirits

alcosuisse can offer a wide range of high-quality ethanols for producing spirits. Whether for the production of gin, absinthe, bitter liqueurs or your own special liqueur or brandy products - we can provide the appropriate ethanol. The following products in particular are used for spirits:

  • F11-A Ethanol from agricultural raw material (F11-A)
  • Specialities (see separate section)

All ethanol grades used in the food industry and spirits are GMO-free, i.e. the agricultural raw material is already GMO-free. Kosher versions of all the above-mentioned grades are also available.

Pharmaceuticals|cosmetics

Ethanol has played an important medical role for centuries as a skin and wound disinfectant. The pharmaceutical industry therefore uses ethanol not only in the production of medicines, but also in large quantities in the manufacture of disinfectants. The cosmetics industry uses ethanol in the manufacture of perfumes and personal care products.

Pharmaceuticals
For the specific needs of the pharmaceutical industry we offer the following products:

  • F15-A Ethanol from agricultural raw material (F15-A)
  • F25-A Ethanol from agricultural raw material (F25-A)
  • A15-A Ethanol anhydrous from agricultural raw material (A15-A)

These ethanol grades satisfy the requirements of the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) and – thanks to the harmonised testing procedures – those of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Azeotropic compositions (min. 96.1% ethanol by vol.) as well as absolute grades (min. 99.9% ethanol by vol.). Corresponding denaturants are added to the ethanol depending on the respective application.

Cosmetics
Ethanol is an ideal carrier solvent for fragrances for use in the various ingredients in perfumes, deodorants or after-shaves. Usually F25-A or A15-A is sufficient. Depending on the specific composition of a perfume, a top-quality F15-A (or even E15-A ethanol extra-high-quality from agricultural raw material) with a completely neutral odour can also be used. The following types in particular are used in the cosmetics industry:
 

  • E15-A Ethanol from agricultural raw material (F15-A)
  • F15-A Ethanol from agricultural raw material (F15-A)
  • F25-A Ethanol from agricultural raw material (F25-A)
  • A15-A Ethanol anhydrous from agricultural raw material (A15-A)

Organic ethanol (F15-BIO Organic ethanol / see also specialities sub-section) is also increasingly used.

Denaturants can be added to the ethanol depending on the specific use. These have almost no adverse effect on the ethanol at all, or can even enhance the desired properties.

Chemicals | technology

The chemicals industry uses ethanol as a solvent or as a starting product in chemical reactions, for example in the production of detergents, paints, varnishes, anti-freeze and explosives.

Chemicals
The following types in particular are used in the chemical industry:

  • F25-A Ethanol from agricultural raw material (F25-A)
  • A15-A Ethanol anhydrous from agricultural raw material (A15-A)

Ethanol is also used in the manufacture of perfume oils for subsequent use in the cosmetics industry.

Corresponding denaturants are added to the ethanol depending on the respective application.

Technology
Since ethanol is a valued solvent for oils, fats, resins and many colouring agents, it is also used for cleaning purposes and for cleaning agents. Thanks to its high fuel value, ethanol is particularly suitable for use as methylated spirit or in the manufacture of gel fuel (especially the S15 grade).

The following types in particular are used in the technical products industry:

  • F25-A Ethanol from agricultural raw material (F25-A)
  • A15-A Ethanol anhydrous from agricultural raw material (A15-A)
  • S15 Ethanol from agricultural raw material (S15)

Ethanol for fireplaces

Ethanol is frequently used as a fuel for the operation of special ethanol fireplaces. Since these fireplaces do not need a chimney, they are particularly appropriate for use inside buildings (in private homes, hotels etc.) to create a cosy ambience.

alcosuisse sells a special high-quality ethanol mixture developed especially for use in ethanol fireplaces and possessing outstanding combustion properties, thereby guaranteeing minimal soot formation.