We will use our proprietary technology and organisms to produce alcohols, carboxylic acids and derivatives from renewable carbon sources. We have the ability to process a variety of lignocellulosic feedstocks such as forestry residues (woodchips and sawdust), temperate grasses (miscanthus and switchgrass), crop residuals (corn stover, bagasse), low cost sugar crops (sweet sorghum, sugar beets) and other green bio-waste.

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Our product/market focus is on renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels:

   -    Butyric Acid

   -    Butanol – Chemical Grade

   -    Butanol – Fuel Grade

   -    Acetone

   -    Others/Future Products



Butyric Acid



Butyric acid (BA), butyrate esters and butyrate salts are used in polymers, food ingredients, animal feed, personal care ingredients and other high value end-use applications. BA is a critical feedstock in the production of Cellulose Acetate Butyrate (CAB), a biopolymer used in high impact plastics. CAB is used to produce a wide range of end products such as hard hats, safety glasses, safety shield, eyeglasses, tool handles, DVD’s, CD’s, signage and blister packaging. CAB is also used as a specialty additive in automotive and industrial coatings, fingernail polish, and in pharmaceutical time-release encapsulation.

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Butanol – Chemical Grade



Our key commercial product will be biobutanol (n-Butanol) and potential downstream derivatives. Our bio-based butanol offers a renewable alternative to petro-based chemical-grade butanol . . . a global $10 billion market. Butanol is a key building block chemical in the $85 billion coatings, adhesives and inks market and an intermediate in the $700 billion global polymers market. Butyl acrylates are widely used as critical polymers in the production of latex paints, lacquers, enamels, automotive coatings and industrial coatings. Butyl acetates and ethers are used as solvents in vinyl, cellulosic, acrylics, urethanes and epoxy coatings.

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Butanol – Fuel



Long term, biobutanol is a direct “Drop-In” for gasoline and has significant potential as an alternative fuel blend with ethanol (in E-85 as a replacement for gasoline). The fuel blend opportunity for biobutanol alone exceeds $80 billion. The overall biofuel opportunity for butanol is $700 billion.

  1. Biobutanol has many advantages both as a direct biofuel and as a biofuel blend to existing fuels (both gasoline and diesel):

  1. Has an energy value of 110,000 BTU/Gal, similar to gasoline (114,000) and much higher than ethanol (76,100)

  1. Is non-corrosive and can be shipped via pipeline rather than in rail tanks and tank trucks.

  1. Can be blended up to 40% with diesel fuel

  1. Lower emissions: reduces hydrocarbon emissions by 95%; carbon monoxide to .01%; and oxides of nitrogen by 37%

  1. Can be made from a wide variety of non-food feedstocks such as wood and forest residues, temperate prairie grasses, corn stover, bagasse, and green bio-waste as well as low cost sugar crops such as sweet sorghum or sugar beets.

Biobutanol is an EPA-approved Advanced Biofuel and has incredible long term potential as an alternative biofuel as the production economics of biobutanol bring down the blend cost as a fuel. This will continue to drive our long term R&D efforts at butylfuel™ LLC as we commercialize chemical grade biobutanol.

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Acetone



Our third commercial product (as a co-product to biobutanol) will be acetone, a $4 billion global chemical used to produce methylmethacrylate (MMA) and Bisphenol-A for high value polymer applications, and used widely as a solvent in coatings applications, and as a cleaning agent and intermediate in pharmaceutical and medical applications. Acetone is also used to produce high value aldol chemicals such as MIBK, MIBC and isophorone.

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Future Products



Future products may include other carboxylic acids such as proprionic and acetic acids, lactic acid, succinic acid, formic acid, and other high value carboxylic acids. Using custom-designed organisms, our technology will provide lower costs and higher yields on a wide variety of renewable platforms.

 

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