We are one of Brazil's largest ethanol producers, with an annual production volume of approximately 2 billion liters. Considered the "biofuel of the future," ethanol (or ethyl alcohol) is produced from the processing and fermentation of sugarcane. This represents a major competitive advantage for Brazil in comparison to other countries and helps to maintain a cleaner, more renewable energy grid.
On the domestic market, we sell mainly anhydrous and hydrous ethanol fuel through our network of Shell-branded service stations. These products are also sold to various industrial sectors. An example of ethanol use is in the production of what are called "green plastics" (i.e. those made from biodegradable materials).
We allocate a portion of our alcohol production for industrial purposes; neutral alcohol and fuel ethanol for the export market. Our main customers are export and import companies that distribute our products in different countries.
Hydrous Ethanol Fuel: Directly supplies the engines of vehicles
Brazilian Standard Hydrous Ethanol: Intended for domestic use and ether production
Japanese Standard Hydrous Ethanol: The same use as the Brazilian Standard. Ethanol of the highest quality with great export demand.
Korean Standard Hydrous Ethanol: The same use as the Brazilian Standard. It is an intermediary quality ethanol that is in high demand for export
Alcoholic distillate: Used in the production of alcoholic beverages, it is produced by mixing neutral ethanol with demineralized water, yielding a product of lower alcoholic content than the neutral hydrous ethanol
Anhydrous Ethanol Fuel: Used as an additive in gasoline mixtures
Industrial Grade Anhydrous Ethanol: Used in the formulas of cleaning products, by the chemical industry and for production of paints and varnishes