Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ethanol is dead, long live butanol

BD: What about the production economics?

BuMx: Using our process, a 100 MGy corn ethanol will make 80 Mgy of biobutanol, but every fuel molecule will have 25 percent more energy, so its a balance. Also, with 16 percent butanol, you are getting higher concentrations of a higher energy molecule, so you are getting real improvements in fuel economy and efficiency.
Butanol vs. Ethanol (Infrastructure)

And I will readily admit to being a bit biased. I've already said I think our best bet would be to focus on butanol and scrap the entire ethanol talk.

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