Butanol from algae?

Butanol from algae?

Postby cacofonix » Thu Jan 22, 2009 6:17 am

Are there any companies trying the butanol route from algae? As you might know, butanol is one another promising fuel that can be used instead of ethanol - butanol is less corrosive and hence can be more easily transported over pipes.

While there are some companies trying the butanol route, I am not sure if there is any company looking at producing butanol from algae
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Re: Butanol from algae?

Postby Greencraze » Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:12 am

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Re: Butanol from algae?

Postby guru » Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:49 pm

How is butanol produced from algae? Is butanol produced through fermentation?
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Re: Butanol from algae?

Postby phyco » Thu Feb 12, 2009 1:26 pm

Yes, butanol is also produced by fermentation similar to ethanol production. The only variation is the organism used for fermentation. Usually Clostridium tyrobutyricum and Clostridium acetobutylicum bacteria are used for butanol fermentation.
I am not sure whether they can be used for algae.

If you find any info on that please let me know...
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Re: Butanol from algae?

Postby sofi » Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:38 pm

For the past three months i have been reading lot of articles and news release about Butanol. An intresting blog by Adrian Vance on this topic is very informative

Here it is: http://adrianvance.blogspot.com/2008/06/fuel-farm.html

I have read that biobutanol from algae is called as SolAlgal Fuel. Its really interesting...
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Re: Butanol from algae?

Postby ritublog » Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:15 pm

Hi Sofi,
Can you send ne the link/details for algal butanol process by SolAlgal Fuel .
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Re: Butanol from algae?

Postby DR Johansen » Fri Sep 04, 2009 7:08 pm

Most butanol is made via fermentation which actually produces a combination of Acetone, Butanol, and Ethanol (which is why it is frequently called the ABE process). What I was wondering is whether the butanol actually has to be removed from the ABE mixture (which typically has the proportions of 3:6:1) in order to be a useful fuel. Could ABE be a useful fuel?

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Re: Butanol from algae?

Postby cacofonix » Wed Oct 21, 2009 10:20 am


I think yours is a good point - whether ABE can be a useful fuel in itself. Guess it should be easy to get the answers, because butanol is a fairly hot topic now; I will ask my colleagues to dig up...

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Re: Butanol from algae?

Postby Jellen00 » Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:22 am

Wow,sounds great,thanks for the details...
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