Butamax is a joint venture of two giants in the field of biofuel namely BP and DuPont. The company has developed a retrofit technology for biobutanol production from existing bioethanol production facilities. Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels LLC has its experimental station in Wilmington, USA.
The biomass feedstock includes corn and sugarcane.
Butamax Retrofit Technology
The advantage of butanol is that it contains much more energy than ethanol and it can be blended with gasoline up to 16% by volume as against the 10% blending allowed for ethanol in US.
Butamax has developed technology to retrofit the current ethanol operations enabling them to produce isobutanol. In August 2014 the company has completed the first phase of a retrofit of Highwater’s Ethanol plant in Lamberton in Minnesota for the production of biobutanol which is fully operational now.
Butamax is now in the process of developing a comprehensive licensing package to supply the biobutanol production technology.
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