The Red River Biorefinery (RRB) has announced it has expanded production to supply ethanol that meets the US Pharmacopeia purity and quality standards for hand sanitiser.
The US-based ethanol production facility has seen a sharp rise in demand from key customers and is refocusing some of its production.
Keshav Rajpal, President of the RRB, said: “Now more than ever, consumers are concerned about the quality of ingredients in hand sanitisers and disinfectants. RRB is committed to supplying safe, high quality, sustainable USP-grade ethanol for use in hand sanitisers and other products that fight COVID-19.
“We produce ethanol that is made green to help families stay clean during the pandemic.”
With a carbon footprint said to be 50% below that of a conventional ethanol plant and among the lowest in the US, the RRB production facility uses its excess agricultural byproducts as a feedstock for ethanol production.
As well as hand sanitisers, the company's ethanol is suitable for use in a wide range of products including disinfectants, wet wipes, spray sanitisers and other cleaners.
James Leiman, Director of Economic Development and Finance Division for North Dakota, added: “It is extremely gratifying to have a local producer supplying safe ingredients for hand sanitisers while providing local jobs to support our communities.
“The Red River Biorefinery serves a vital role in the region’s value-added agricultural, energy and low carbon economies.”
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