Ethanol is flammable and can pose a safety hazard during storage and processing. Ethanol has a “3” out of “4” fire hazard rating from the National Fire Prevention Association. A rating of 3 is given to all materials that are flammable, volatile, or explosive at normal temperatures and pressures. Because nitrogen is inert and nonflammable, nitrogen inerting/blanketing can:
- Prevent fires or explosions by displacing oxygen in storage vessels and piping that are used for ethanol
- Reduce ethanol hygroscopicity, hydrolysis, and oxidation, thereby increasing product shelf-life and improving quality of the end product.
Our engineers can help you specify the optimal nitrogen supply system to meet your needs.