“Branson’s Butanol Heading to U.S. as Ethanol Substitute”



Butanol, the gasoline substitute promoted by billionaire Richard Branson, is headed for its debut at U.S. pumps as soon as next year in a challenge to ethanol’s domination of the $26 billion renewable fuels market.

While butanol has existed for decades as a chemical byproduct of oil refining, making it from crops is a success for the renewables energy industry. The process that now depends on corn as a raw material can be adapted to work with other substances such as sugar cane and cellulosic biomass, according to Butamax.


Substituting cellulosic biomass will mean that food is not being turned into fuel, so the pressure on scarce food resources will be eased.


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