Ethanol, C2H5OH, is produced industrially from ethylene, C2H4, by the following sequence of reactions:
3C2H4 + 2 H2SO4 ⟶ C2H5HSO4 + (C2H5)2SO4
C2H5HSO4 + (C2H5)2SO4 + 3 H2O ⟶ 3 C2H5OH + 2 H2SO4
What volume of ethylene at STP is required to produce 1.000 metric ton (1000 kg) of ethanol if the overall yield of ethanol is 90.1%?
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