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BP and DuPont Expand Biofuels Pact

11:35 AM MST | February 25, 2008 | Michelle Bryner

BP and DuPont say they have expanded their 50-50 biofuels joint venture to include high-octane butanol. The jv initially focused on 1-butanol, a straight-chain alcohol. The companies say they are now developing technologies for 2-butanol and iso-butanol, which can be blended into gasoline at concentrations of above 10% without compromising fuel performance. BP says it has found that blends of gasoline containing 16% of the high-octane butanol perform similar to gasoline blends containing 10% ethanol. Results of lab testing also show that these blends “have...

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