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NEWS UPDATE January 31, 2014

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

By Eduard Gismatullin and Kari Lundgren, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted January 31, 2014

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. Like ethanol, the colorless alcohol can be brewed from corn, though it packs more energy when mixed into gasoline. Butamax Advanced Biofuel LLC, funded by DuPont Co. and BP Plc (BP/), is retrofitting an ethanol plant in Minnesota to begin making butanol in commercial volumes in 2015. Gevo Inc., backed by French oil producer Total SA (FP) and Branson through his Virgin Green Fund, already runs a distillery 60 miles away. Both say they’ve lined up clients for large-scale deliveries. [ read more … ]

Comment: Wavering policy spells disaster for renewable fuel

By Javier Garoz Neira, CEO of Abengoa Bioenergy, The Hill  •    •  Posted January 31, 2014

The advanced renewable fuel industry is in danger. Abengoa Bioenergy has invested in what has until recently been a healthy market for innovation and new technology. Now, Washington’s weakening commitment to new clean fuels could render useless the billions of dollars already invested in advanced renewable fuel – and foreclose on the opportunity to draw billions more to a strong American industry. [ read more … ]

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