In France, ButaNexT project presented its research into a new and improved biofuel – biobutanol – at the Energy and Environment Knowledge Week (E2KW) Congress in Paris on Friday 28 October. Project partners from the University of Castilla La Mancha (UCLM) presented strategies to introduce butanol into fuel blends. They have tested the performance and […]
In the UK, Celtic Renewables has filed for planning permission to build a commercial-scale biobutanol facility from whiskey production waste streams in Grangemouth. Public consultations on the proposal will be held next month as part of the planning permission process. The Scottish town has long been the target for the company’s eventual scale up to […]
In South Korea, GS Caltex is set to start building a $44 million commercial-scale biobutanol facility during the first half of this year based on technology the company has been developing since 2007. It will use corn and cassava as feedstock for the facility. Already production was set to begin at its pilot plant in […]
Calling Captain E0: Can renewable isobutanol beat out ethanol-free gasoline in the powerboat sector?
E-Zero – ethanol-free gas, has been popular with boaters, but here comes isobutanol, with Gevo leading the pack. Are the economics a slam-dunk? Here’s the hard data. One of the more interesting trends in recent years has been the rise of ethanol-free gasoline. Overall, Pure-gas.com reports 9915 stations offering ethanol-free gas in the US and Canada — […]
In Washington, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced support of the use of fuels blended with up to 16 percent biobutanol in recreational marine engines. This decision follows five years of evaluation performed by NMMA with the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), under the direction and guidance of the U.S. Department of Energy […]
In South Korea, the country’s second-largest refiner GS Caltex will invest $44 million in a biobutanol plant with construction set to begin later this year. The feedstock was not identified. Expectation is that the facility could also serve as an incubator for other bio-based start ups.
In Japan, graduate researchers at Mie University Graduate School of Bioresources plan to commercialize their method for producing biobutanol from spoiled tangerines in the next two to three years. The region is a major producer of mandarin oranges and as such about 150 tons of fruit go to waste annually, with about 2/3 being incinerated. […]
In Japan, researchers at Mie University have run a test vehicle on biobutanol produced from waste oranges and waste from producing orange juice. The fuel could be ideal for running agricultural equipment. The process used can produce 20 milliliters of biobutanol from about 3kg of oranges.
In Scotland, Celtic Renewables won the top motor industry sustainability award for their technology, which produces biobutanol from whisky byproducts. The company received the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership’s Low Carbon Champion award last week. Celtic Renewables is a spin-out company from the Biofuel Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier University which converts two key by-products of […]
In North Carolina, Phytonix Corporation has been awarded a US patent for its biobutanol production technology entitled “Designer Organisms for Photobiological Butanol Production from Carbon Dioxide and Water. In addition, Phytonix’s IP portfolio includes biosafety guarded technology, which uses a number of redundant mechanisms to prevent the proliferation of our organisms outside of a chemicals […]