Biobased Butanol Info

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Butanol Fuel Road Test

Biobutanol-fuel-pumpHas biobutanol fuel or butanol fuel blends been tested in cars?  Yes! Butamax LLC, Butyl Fuel and others have tested biobutanol fuel in multiple vehicles. Vehicles have been torn apart to look for potential failure mechanisms. So far, biobutanol has not posed modifications to vehicles produced over the past 10 years.  The best part is that biobutanol is approved at blend level of 16%.  More biofuel in your tank without modification.

Will 100% biobutanol fuel produce lower mileage vs. gasoline?

Although 100% butanol fuel has a slightly lower energy density than gasoline, its combustion occurs at a uniform temperature and pressure as it is a single component fuel. This is different from gasoline as gasoline ignites over a broader temperature and pressure, resulting in incomplete combustion as it is made of many different kinds of molecules.  This incomplete combustion results in lower efficiency for internal combustion engines.

An engine designed to burn biobutanol or an engine which self tunes to burning biobutanol fuel can deliver higher gas mileage vs. gasoline.

Is it true that racecars have won while being fueled by biobutanol?

Yes! Dyson Racing won a American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race in August 2010 using biobutanol as the fuel. This was the first time that a car running biobutanol won a race.



" helped me learn about this exciting biobased solvent. I look forward to formulating with it."

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