A few bugs at Minnesota biofuel plant

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 25, 2012 - 10:41 PM

Gevo is holding off on full-scale isobutanol production at its Luverne plant while it works out problems.

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sgjsdadSep. 26, 12 9:33 AM

If they can get the bugs worked out and begin to produce it cheaply, isobutanol is the biofuel that WILL lessen our dependence on oil greatly. Isobutanol is a butane based alcohol fuel and the beauty of it is that it is heavier than ethanol and doesn't separate like ethanol does and isobutanol doesn't burn nearly as hot as ethanol. That means it won't hurt fuel economy nearly as much as ethanol does and it would not be at all necessary to create an entirely new infrastructure to transport it (it is heavy like gasoline is and can be blended with gasoline with only very minor issues). Also it would not be necessary to convert every motor vehicle to flexible-fuel. Vehicles could use it just like they use gasoline currently. When I wrote a report on butanol five years ago it was still very expensive to produce so I'll be watching the progress of this plant and rooting hard for their success because as I said previous; if isobutanol can be mass produced cheaply, it is the ultimate answer to American energy independence and also to dependence on petroleum gasoline as the only viable way to fuel motor vehicles.

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