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Butamax Leads Way for Biobutanol Blendstock Retrofit Model a Winner

10:32 AM MST | February 21, 2012 | —Rebecca Coons

Biobutanol Scale-up: Butamax operates a $50- million demonstration plant at Hull, U.K. While recent biofuels headlines have been dominated by cellulosic ethanol, a biofuels producer backed by DuPont and BP has been quietly advancing its biobutanol technology and setting the stage for a 2014 commercial launch. Butamax Advanced Biofuels (Wilmington, DE) says biobutanol can be deployed cheaply via an ethanol plant retrofit package, and is a higher-value, more compatible blendstock for gasoline than ethanol. Butamax has its origin in a 2003 cooperation agreement...

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