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Cheers! Scottish researchers turn whiskey into butanol (sort of)

Drinking and driving is a bad idea, but drinking to help put fuel in the tank? That's worth looking into.

Dyson Racing claims first ALMS victory for biobutanol

Earlier this year, we saw the addition of a fourth fuel option to the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) when it was announced that Dyson Racing would be running bio-butanol in its Lola-Mazda coupe. This past weekend at Mid-Ohio, the Dyson car managed to score its first victory in the sixth race of the season in a nail-biter over the Honda-powered Highcroft ARX-01c.

German-engineered yeast makes for larger cellulosic ethanol yields

Scientists in Germany have engineered the common industrial yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to ferment the sugars pentose (C5) and hexose (C6) from biomass feedstock to create ethanol and butanol. Translation: cellulosic ethanol may be one step closer to being more than the green automotive buzzword of 2008 or, worse, one of the Nik Bristow

Officially Official: Dyson-Mazda-Lola to run biobutanol blend in 2010 ALMS

As expected, the Dyson Racing Team, MazdaSpeed and BP announced today that the Lola-Mazda cars will be running on a new blend of biobutanol and ethanol for the 2010 American Le Mans Series Season. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), which handles the technical regulations for ALMS, Sam Abuelsamid

BP prepares output of new biofuels - algae diesel and butanol - starting in 2010

BP could become the first major energy company to start commercial scale production of cellulosic ethanol in 2010 if all goes according to plan. BP has been partnering with Verenium Corporation to commercialize the latter company's process for breaking down cellulose into sugars.

Dyson Racing debuts ethanol-biobutanol blend at Petit Le Mans

Dyson Racing B09/96 running at Mid-Ohio - click above for high res image gallery

Dyson Racing debuts ethanol-biobutanol blend at Petit Le Mans

Dyson Racing B09/96 running at Mid-Ohio - click above for high-res image gallery

Want waste from zoo animals powering your car? New butanol process could make it happen

Butanol is the oft-ignored orphan of the biofuel world, but it's getting some attention down south. Scientists in New Orleans think that waste from zoo animals might be just the ticket to making the fuel for automobile use. Researchers form Tulane University aren't looking to turn the animal feces itself into fuel, but are investigating the waste product of plant-eating animals in the zoo to se

DuPont chief calls on Detroit to make 'Car of the Future'... that uses his fuel

It's debatable whether or not now is the right time to make changes in the way our cars are made, with some believing that Detroit should follow the path it's already on and others claiming there couldn't be a better time to make major sweeping changes. Count DuPont head Chad Holliday among the latter. Holliday's so-called "Detroit Project" would challenge American automakers to introduce a new "Car of the Future" tha

Don't forget the other alcohol: Cobalt Biofuels raises $25M for biobutanol production

With all the negative publicity about corn ethanol lately there hasn't been much discussion about another longer chain alcohol, specifically butanol. Like other alcohols, it makes a good motor fuel and it can also be synthesized from biomass. Mountainview, CA-based Cobalt Biofuels has raised a $25 million round of venture funding toward its goal of commercializing biobutanol. The company has developed a microbe-based process for producing butanol from non-food biomass. The new funding will be us

Cobalt Biofuels gets $25 million for biobutanol

When most people think of biofuels, the usual suspects that first sprint to mind are ethanol and biodiesel. That's not to say, though, that these are the only game in town. There's another player for a non-petroleum alcohol fuel that could displace gasoline in the form of butanol, which can be distilled in a similar manner as ethanol. There are many proponents for biobutanol who claim that the fuel is superior to its ethanol sibling, and there

How butanol is made

We have covered a few times the potential of biobutanol as a biofuel: It seems to have better properties than ethanol and it can be used in cars without modifications. It also has almost the same energy content as gasoline, thus reducing fuel consumption in comparison to ethanol.

BP, Sugar British and Dupont unveil plans to produce biofuels

BP, Dupont and British Sugar have made some announcements about their partnership to produce biofuels. In one hand DuPont plans to construct a biobutanol demonstration facility with BP. In addition, DuPont, BP and British Sugar will construct a 420 million liter ethanol facility

EnergyQuest to invest on butanol and hydrogen

Have you heard about butanol recently? Yes, it's one of those alternative fuels around which doesn't seem to be so fashionable these days (especially if you compare it to its smaller, at least in carbon atoms per molecule, sibling ethanol) but it seems that it might light up our interest again.

Interview with Philip New, president of BP Biofuels, regarding their focus on butanol

We have shared with you the benefits of butanol over other potential biofuels in past articles. The basics are that butanol can be created from the same crops that are currently being used to create ethanol, and butanol carries more energy density. Ethanol is viewed mainly as a starting point for the biofuel alcohol indust

DuPont Biofuels on track to commercialize its biofuel technologies, including biobutanol and cellulosic ethanol

This week at the Piper Jaffray Alternative Energy Symposium, which focused on industry and investment trends in solar, cleantech and biofuels, DuPont Biofuels Vice President and General Manager John Ranieri said that DuPont is well on its way to commercializing their biofuel technologies. These technologies include some of the lesser talked about fuels, such as biobutanol and cellulosic ethanol. They are doing thi

UK Entrepreneur seeking investment for Irish biobutanol plant

Australian biofuels entrepreneur John Nicholas is trying to raise some money for a new venture. Nicholas wants to get £80 million to build a biobutanol plant in Ireland. The plan is to team up with sugar beet growers in the area to supply their crops for feedstock, which could help revive the crop in Ireland.

BP says new technology is needed to fuel biofuels growth

Phil New, the president of BP Global Biofuels thinks that biofuels may comprise up to thirty percent of transport fuel needs by 2030. However, to reach that point, new methods of production will have to be developed. Large scale biofuel use will require that they be sourced from something other than food stocks. The worlds increasing food demands are at odds with the increasing demand for fuel. One of the

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