September 26, 2016

New Government Lab Research Confirms Ethanol Blend Fuels Are Better for Large and Small Engines

National Renewable Energy Laboratory reaffirms the value of ethanol for internal combustion engines and validates Mercury Marine’s 2011 findings

“One of the top myths used by the oil industry against ethanol is the fantasy that ethanol sucks water right out of the air and causes phase separation to occur in the fuel tank of an idle car. The claim is that the phase separation then interferes with engine ignition and combustion, which may also lead to water-related corrosion problems with an engine’s metal parts. A report just released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) verifies, once again, that gasoline is the cause of phase separation and that ethanol works to prevent and solve problems that can result from having water present in a gasoline fuel tank and system. Ethanol ‘…can help keep fuel systems ‘dry’.'”

— Marc J. Rauch, The Auto Channel


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