Tag: butanol

New study looks at economic side of butanol from propylene and syngas

New study looks at economic side of butanol from propylene and syngas

July 27, 2016 |

In Texas, Intratec Solutions released a report presenting an economic analysis of n-Butanol production from propylene and syngas, assuming a plant located on the US Gulf Coast. The process under analysis is similar to the LP OXO technology jointly licensed by JM Davy and Dow, employing Selector 30 catalyst. This detailed study presents plant construction […]

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Singaporean researchers hit the jackpot with GM yeast to produce butanol from food waste

Singaporean researchers hit the jackpot with GM yeast to produce butanol from food waste

July 11, 2016 |

In Singapore, researchers from the National University of Singapore have developed a genetically modified a type of Yarrowia lipolytica yeast that can produce butanol from fats in food waste, as much as half the weight of the original feedstock. Ten genes are added to the original yeast to produce the butanol, a process that also […]

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Green Biologics starts $75 million investment in butanol conversion

Green Biologics starts $75 million investment in butanol conversion

January 14, 2016 |

In Minnesota, Green Biologics has begun the conversion of 21 million gallon per year Central Minnesota Renewables, formerly known as Central Minnesota Ethanol Cooperative, to produce butanol and acetone. The plant will continue to produce ethanol until the last possible minute when it switches over. Already more than $75 million has been raised for the […]

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New report shows bio-based butanol market growing more than 9% annually through 2019

New report shows bio-based butanol market growing more than 9% annually through 2019

September 23, 2015 |

In Ireland, Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global Bio-based Butanol Market 2015-2019” report to their offering. The global bio-based butanol market to grow at a CAGR of 9.27% over the period 2014-2019. The report, Global Bio-based Butanol Market 2015-2019, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry […]

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Argonne and marine partners say 15 percent renewable butanol blends are safe for watercraft

Argonne and marine partners say 15 percent renewable butanol blends are safe for watercraft

July 30, 2015 |

In Illinois, Argonne National Laboratory, Bombardier Recreational Products, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and the American Boat and Yacht Council, have  demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of a blend of fuel that includes 16 percent butanol for use in watercraft. This demonstration has culminated in the approval of the fuel by the NMMA, as an […]

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Ethanol and Butanol: Symbiotic Partners for a Modern Fuel

Ethanol and Butanol: Symbiotic Partners for a Modern Fuel

June 11, 2015 |

By Bill Brandon and Richard Ezike, PhD, special to The Digest The debate touting butanol over ethanol as a ‘better’ fuel component has gone on for quite some time in biofuel circles. Those who support butanol point to three key factors: • Butanol has a higher fuel density; • Butanol can be blended at a 1.6:1 […]

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Renewable Isobutanol: It’s Time for a Truce

Renewable Isobutanol: It’s Time for a Truce

May 18, 2015 |

By James Evangelow & Sam Nejame, Special to the Digest If an advertising professional were writing the copy, renewable isobutanol would be called “The new and improved ethanol”. It overcomes essentially all the major deficiencies of ethanol as a fuel and can be produced in an ethanol plant. However, relentless litigation, waning interest in biofuels […]

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USDA research looking at getting better yields from cellulosic butanol

USDA research looking at getting better yields from cellulosic butanol

November 19, 2014 |

In Illinois, the potential for producing butanol as a biofuel has become a bit more promising, thanks to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their partners. Work by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) chemical engineer Nasib Qureshi suggests that barley straw and corn stover—both agricultural byproducts—could be cost-effective feedstocks for producing “biobutanol.” ARS is USDA’s […]

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Central Minnesota Renewables gets $500,000 grant for butanol upgrade

Central Minnesota Renewables gets $500,000 grant for butanol upgrade

May 20, 2014 |

In Minnesota, the state’s department of agriculture has given Central Minnesota Renewables a $500,000 grant under the NextGen Energy program for the final engineering work to convert the company’s 20 million gallon per year ethanol plant to n-butanol. Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-op agreed to sell the plant to Green Biologics of Gahanna, Ohio in December […]

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Make butanol from ethanol: the unspoken RFS work-around?

Make butanol from ethanol: the unspoken RFS work-around?

April 29, 2014 |

Blender pumps, E15, drop-in fuels, aviation, amending the RFS, outright repeal — seems like everyone has a fix for the fight over the Renewable Fuel Standard. But why not convert abundant ethanol into higher-blending butanol? Technologies to do just that are under development. Of all the items on the “critical” list for the renewable fuels […]

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