Aemetis begins shipping high purity alcohol for hand sanitiser
In response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has created exemptions allowing certain alcohol fuel permit holders to sell ethanol (alcohol) for use in the production of hand sanitisers. With this federal government waiver, advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company Aemetis Inc., is now supplying hand sanitizer producers with alcohol to address the significant shortage created by the worldwide spread of COVID-19.
On March 20, 2020, Aemetis announced that its 65 million (US) gallon (≈ 246 million litre) per annum ethanol plant near Modesto, California has begun shipments of 200 proof alcohol for use in the production of hand sanitiser.
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. As the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommend the use of hand sanitizer products to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, Aemetis is utilizing our ethanol production capability to address the current shortage of hand sanitiser by increasing the supply of high-proof alcohol used in the manufacturing of sanitiser products, said Andy Foster, President of Aemetis Advanced Fuels Keyes, Inc.