Economic and environmental advantages that build on the success of bioethanol
Patented technology enables cost-effective commercialization of a new biofuel molecule
Requires no modifications to today’s cars or fuel infrastructure
Working together to introduce biobutanol to the market and meet refiner demand
Not only in transportation fuels and biotechnology, but across the entire biofuel value chain

The Biobutanol Advantage

Biobutanol has a number of significant advantages over existing ​biofuels:

  • Highest value biofuel which can be produced at existing ethanol production facilities enabling rapid scale-up of total product volumes
  • Can be blended into gasoline at higher concentrations, providing twice the renewable content in every gallon (U.S. regulations allow biobutanol to be blended at 16% by volume vs. 10% by volume for ethanol)
  • Truly drop-in biofuel—can be used in existing vehicles and infrastructure
  • Improved refining economics—allows refiners to increase gasoline yield at lower cost
  • Does not separate in water, enabling biobutanol to be blended directly at refineries and transported via existing fuel infrastructure and pipelines

Butamax Technology

Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels, a joint venture of BP and DuPont, has developed an innovative biobutanol production technology offering a low-cost, high-value drop-in biofuel for global transportation fuels supply. Butamax technology is designed to convert the sugars from various biomass feedstocks, including corn and sugarcane, into biobutanol using existing biofuel production facilities.

Butamax and Highwater Ethanol have broken ground on the company’s first biobutanol retrofit project. Butamax’s cutting edge technology package will include the installation of novel corn oil separation technology. This technology is part of a Butamax licensing opportunity, which is an integral part of the full retrofit to biobutanol production and can be installed independently as a first phase of conversion.

Watch the Butamax Advanced Biofuels video.