The RFA’s “Fuel Ethanol Industry Guidelines, Specifications and Procedures is a compilation of the key technical aspects of fuel grade ethanol and its traditional application as a fuel component, based on the collective experience and expertise of RFA member companies. It is designed to serve as a condensed technical reference for ethanol producers, blenders, and other interested parties.

Denatured Fuel Ethanol product quality and integrity are important to the Renewable Fuels Association. To achieve quality laboratory data for fuel ethanol products, the RFA has put together the “Guidelines for Establishing Quality Assurance and Quality Control Programs,” which includes a discussion of methods for analyses, sampling, general laboratory procedures and techniques and instruction on quality assurance and quality control practices. Providing a high quality fuel to the customer should be the primary goal of every Quality Assurance / Quality Control program. This document is intended to outline minimum requirements for producing valid lab results and assuring fuel ethanol product quality meets customer expectations. The document also includes a discussion on the major coproducts being produced at ethanol manufacturing facilities including Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles, Corn Distillers Oil, and Carbon Dioxide.

RFA recommends fuel ethanol producers and importers add  corrosion inhibitor to fuel ethanol. The corrosion inhibitor should be included at a treat rate sufficient to provide corrosion protection comparable to that of other available motor fuels while protecting the transportation distribution system from corrosion concerns. We have developed an Evaluation Protocol for Corrosion Inhibitors for Fuel Ethanol” for ethanol manufacturers to determine the appropriate level of corrosion protection. The RFA recommends that these tests be considered by each manufacturing location to confirm the effectiveness of the candidate fuel corrosion additive.

Proper transportation procedures are critical to ensuring the denatured fuel ethanol remains on specification and fit for purpose through delivery activities. Inspection of the transport equipment prior to loading is a must. At times tank cars may have been used to deliver other commodities, such as crude oil and other unrefined products that could contaminate denatured fuel ethanol without proper cleaning and inspection. The RFA Crude to Ethanol Conversion Practice Guidelines was developed to assist in the cleaning of crude oil tank cars returning to denatured fuel ethanol service.