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Find out more about bioethanol fires and how to safely use them.
Bioethanol fireplaces in a nutshell
Bioethanol is a type of alcohol that is produced in a sustainable manner from biomass. This is achieved by fermenting sugars from various natural products such as grains (wheat or maize), sugar cane, sugar beet and even from wine surpluses. Hence the addition of “bio”.
The addition “bio” is also used given that the combustion of bioethanol is CO<sub>2</sub> neutral. This means that as much CO<sub>2</sub> is emitted into the environment as the plant has absorbed in its growth process.
Bioethanol is seen as an environmentally friendly solution and alternative to the use of fossil fuels (oil products).
Using bioethanol as a fuel in a fireplace is completely safe. What’s more, the clean combustion means no smoke or soot is released, so no chimney is needed either.
The scientific notation is C2H6O of ^OH. When burning bioethanol only CO2 and water vapour are released, which is the same as what humans and animals exhale. Note that no dangerous CO is released, as with traditional fireplaces on wood or gas.
The consumption of a bioethanol fireplace is therefore twice as important. For every centilitre of bioethanol that is burned, there is also a consumption of oxygen. An efficient system is therefore recommended.
Building nearly zero-energy NZE is an important milestone in the energy-efficient construction policy. The NZE principles will become standard for new homes as from 2021. This means that all new-build projects must comply with a very high energy performance (E30).
BIO-O! is already on track!
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