Biobutanol is poised to emerge from the shadows. Note when we compare Biobutanol to Ethanol:
- Butanol has 110,000 Btu/gal, Ethanol 84,000
- Octane: Butanol 94, Ethanol 92
- Feedstock: Butanol and Ethanol both come from feedstock, sugar or starch crops
- Production costs are approximately the same for Butanol and Ethanol
Autos on Biobutanol get better gas mileage, and it can be burned in a 100% concentration without having to modify engines. It is easier to blend with gasoline or diesel. It can be transported through existing pipelines (Ethanol cannot). Biobutanol also yields some valuable coproducts such as hydrogen, acetone and ethan ethanol.
Existing Ethanol plants can be retrofitted to produce biobutanol, and even left over feedstock used in Ethanol can be used to make Biobutanol.
With gasoline now at $70 per barrel, biobutanol is competitive.
At least two major companies, DuPont and BP intend to build a biobutanol facility in Hull, England, and both are preparing for commercial production of Biobutanol.
Furthermore a healthy tax incentive from Congress is moving forward to provide financial incentives. A $1.10 a gallon tax credit for biobutanol made from cellulosic sources will soon be approved by Congress.
THERE IS OPPORTUNITY IN BIOBUTANOL FOR THE MAN OR COMPANY WILLING TO PROCEED WITH THIS.