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Optinol develops butanol at cost parity with bioethanol

10:44 AM MDT | August 23, 2013 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Optinol (San Francisco) has achieved energy-cost parity feasibility with bioethanol for the production of biobased butanol from a wide variety of sugars, the company has announced. The team chose to engineer a production solution tailored to the organism rather than trying to tailor the organism to existing production processes. The company has concluded, based on preliminary engineering studies to estimate the capital and operating costs for commercial-scale production, that it is feasible to produce n-butanol at cost parity with bioethanol, Optinol says. Unlike...

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