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Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC, a joint venture between BP and DuPont, has entered into collaboration with Fagen, Inc. for the introduction of commercial biobutanol production using Butamax technology.

Fagen is an experienced biofuels engineering, procurement and construction contractor, having built more ethanol capacity than any other company. It has built more than 85 ethanol plants totaling approximately 6 billion gallons of annual production.

Fagen is simply the world leader when it comes to project execution in the biofuels industry, with leading standards for safety and quality. Our shared commitment to renewable energy makes Fagen a natural partner for Butamax and our shareholders.

—Paul Beckwith, Butamax CEO

Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC was formed to develop and commercialize biobutanol (isobutanol) as a next-generation renewable biofuel for the transport market. The company announced last December the formation of the Early Adopters Group (EAG), a consortium of biofuel production companies interested in becoming early adopters of Butamax biobutanol technology. In addition, piloting work continues at the Butamax Technology Demonstration facility as the company prepares for market entry with commercial production in 2014.

In December 2011, Butamax signed Highwater Ethanol as the first entrant to the Butamax Early Adopters Group. Highwater Ethanol is based in Lamberton, MN. The ICM-designed facility was constructed by Fagen with a nameplate capacity of 50 million gallons per year (mgpy). (Earlier post.)



Wouldn't biobutanol be a superior liquid fuel to bioethanol for most ICEVs?


IIRC there are no miscibility issues with butanol in gasoline.

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