Ethanol producer Aemetis to help tackle hand sanitiser shortage

Aemetis' ethanol plant in California. Source: Aemetis Inc

March 20 (Renewables Now) - US renewable fuels company Aemetis Inc (NASDAQ:AMTX) announced today that its ethanol plant in California has initiated shipments of 200 proof alcohol for use in hand sanitiser production.

Aemetis said in a statement that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has created exemptions enabling some alcohol fuel permit holders to sell ethanol for use in the production of hand sanitisers. The move is a response to the current shortage for such products because of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 pandemic.

“Aemetis is moving quickly to help address the significant demand for hand sanitizer products in light of the COVID-19 pandemic during this time of national emergency,” commented Andy Foster, president of Aemetis Advanced Fuels Keyes Inc.

The company’s facility in California is located near Modesto and has an annual production capacity of 65 million gallons (246 million litres) of ethanol.

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