Butamax® Technology

At Butamax, we are developing a comprehensive licensing package to supply current ethanol operations with new renewable fuel technologies enabling the economically advantaged production of bio-isobutanol.

As a fully resourced technology provider, Butamax is committed to ensuring the effective scale-up of our bio-isobutanol technology over the long term. Backed by the resources of our shareholders, Butamax is leveraging hundreds of collective years of successful scale-up experience through process piloting and risk mitigation at our state-of-the-art Demonstration Facility in the U.K.

Butamax is currently building relationships with refining customers for bio-isobutanol, and will provide a secure, high-value market for all bio-isobutanol produced. In addition, we will offer a full range of services—including ongoing consultancy and technical support—to assist current ethanol producers in retrofitting their facilities to produce bio-isobutanol. For our refiner and producer partners, our rigorous technology development and commercialization strategy ensure competitive positioning in the automotive fuels market with potential in other industries.

On October 2, 2013, Butamax announced that we had begun Phase 1 of a retrofit of Highwater Ethanol’s plant in Lamberton, Minnesota for the production of bio-isobutanol. The cutting-edge separation technology package includes a novel corn oil removal system and is an integral part of a full retrofit to bio-isobutanol production. Construction is now complete and the facility is in full operation.

Easy Retrofits

Today’s ethanol plants can be conveniently and cost-effectively retrofitted to produce bio-isobutanol.

Partnering with Biofuel Industry Leaders

Butamax is a strong, well-resourced company that offers the industry unparalleled industrial and biofuel expertise. Our multi-disciplinary technology team includes a diverse range of scientists and engineers with specializations including microbiology, metabolic engineering, bioinformatics, fermentation science, process engineering, process control, technology piloting and scale-up, and biofuels manufacturing technology. While their skill sets are diverse, all are focused on one common goal: bringing bio-isobutanol to the fuels market. Additionally, Butamax enjoys access to a host of world-class technical experts throughout our parent companies, BP and DuPont.

Butamax is also working with leading companies across the existing U.S. biofuels industry—including engineering firms, ethanol producers, logistics partners and co-products marketers—to ensure our new renewable fuel technologies align with current needs. At the same time, we are forging strong partnerships with our Early Adopters Group (EAG), a collaborative effort among leading biofuel production facilities to introduce bio-isobutanol to the market and match production volumes to demand. Formed in 2011, the Early Adopters Group currently consists of seven companies representing 10 facilities and nearly 750 million gallons per year in production volume.