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goldseeker
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2013 5:16:21 AM

The U.S. biobutanol fuel industry is on the brink of commercialization as one company ramps up its commercial-scale refinery to full capacity by the end of this year.

Gevo's Luverne, Minn., converted ethanol plant is producing several hundred thousand gallons a month of biobutanol, an isobutanol alcohol fuel produced from corn feedstock through fermentation similar to the process that produces ethanol.

"We are producing a few hundred-thousand gallons a month now, then we'll ramp up to full capacity by end of the year at up to 1.4 million gallons month," Pat Gruber, CEO for Gevo.
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stickyvalves
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 9:55:50 AM

I was hoping someone from SW Minnesota would enlighten us on the operation of this plant. I hear they have had some production difficulties.

How about it Luverne, Sioux Falls, Pipestone, Marshall? Anyone up there?
Floridaman2013
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 5:26:48 AM

I guess time will tell us how this stuff works out for us. Most Americans will never notice any difference at the pump.
oilpan4
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 9:23:17 PM

Butanol right now is used as a cheap industrial solvent. Production cost, using oil or natual gas as the feed stock is around 6 or 7 dollars a gallon.

Other wise butanol would be a great replacement for gasoline, aside from cold starting issues which could be fixed by blending it with gasoline.
stickyvalves
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 5:39:09 PM

Most f these plants publish more optimism than reality. Sad but true.
oilpan4
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 1:28:29 PM

So what happened, that was september, now its April, the target date was 4 months ago?
MertieMan
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 5:48:52 AM

I find it hard to believe that they could have enough of this to make any difference.
GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2014 1:32:52 PM

Now if only the government would impose mandatory quotas then they can prosper!
stickyvalves
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 11:59:28 AM

Convert these ethanol plants and let's get started.
borsht
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 11:39:49 AM

Biobutanol would be better than ethanol, since it better represents the properties of gasoline. It seems to me that it is a wiser choice for flex fuel vehicles, with regard to its burn properties anyway.
goldseeker
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 12:13:09 AM

From what I understand it can be made of about any type of feedstock.
aRBy
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 10:45:40 PM

What other feedstocks are used to make butanol? As far as I know, the other common feedstocks are petrochemicals. As such, making butanol from corn beats the heck out of cellulosic ethanol.

Cellulosic ethanol doesn't make sense because it's easier to make methanol from cellulose fiber.
borsht
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 8:57:38 AM

Butanol is much closer to having gasoline characteristics.

But if is to be part of a fuel mandate formula it is not better than ethanol.
If it is going to be made from corn, it will have the same effect by using corn as fuel.
If it is made from an efficient non food product and competes on its own merit, then lets use it.
dassfg
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 8:27:12 AM

So - never heard of it
goldseeker
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 7:54:07 AM

And if it catches on, I wonder how oil company propaganda machine will attack it?

Butanol has has similar energy to gasoline. It is also toxic, so you would not need a denaturing agent.
Chazzer
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2013 2:33:34 PM

This is good!
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