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BP, DuPont launch Minnesota biobutanol venture

10.02.2013  | 

Highwater Ethanol licensed the technology from the companies’ venture, Butamax, for its technology to retrofit an ethanol plant. The facility will begin the first phase of commercial production, in which corn oil will be made, in the next few months, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

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By MARK DRAJEM
Bloomberg

BP and DuPont announced a joint venture to retrofit an ethanol plant in Minnesota to make biobutanol, a successor renewable fuel.

Highwater Ethanol licensed the technology from the companies’ venture, Butamax, for its technology to retrofit an ethanol plant. The facility will begin the first phase of commercial production, in which corn oil will be made, in the next few months, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

“This is the next step in the road to commercialization,” Paul Beckwith, the chief executive of Butamax, said in an interview.

The production of biobutanol, which is made from corn, is important because the company says it has lower greenhouse-gas emissions than corn-based ethanol and doesn’t present the same kind of refining issues.

Refiners such as Valero Energy say a drop in demand for gasoline means that the country is close to hitting the so-called “blendwall” of 10% mandated ethanol production.

Biobutanol, because of its chemistry, can be blended into gasoline at twice that percentage without any negative impact on automobile engines, Beckwith said.



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10.05.2013

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