September 2012

Special Report: Refining Developments

Bio-isobutanol: The next-generation biofuel

This article highlights the technology, feedstocks and market growth opportunities for isobutanol, with a focus on potential new market offerings in the very near future.

Kolodziej, R., Wood Group Mustang; Scheib, J., Gevo Inc.

The success of any new industry lies in its ability to innovate and grow. Future growth in renewable fuels may require an evolution from first-generation products, such as ethanol and biodiesel, to next-generation products, such as isobutanol. Isobutanol, a form of biobutanol, has many outstanding characteristics that allow it to be used in a variety of ways: “As is”—i.e., as a solvent or as a gasoline blendstock Converted, through known processes, to a variety of hydrocarbons for use in the petrochemical and/or refining industries In existing production, distribution, marketing and end-user assets. This article highlights the technology, feedstocks and market growth

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