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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Gasoline from biomass via butene

A new method for gasoline production from butene (or butylene) has been developed. Cellulose and hemicellulose in wood and lignocellulsoses can be converted to butene via levulinic acid. Then, two molecules of butene can then be converted in a dimerization process to iso-octanol that is gasoline with high octane number.

There are many groups working on this topic. Recently, Audi together with Global Bioenergies have recently announced development of this method is larger scale and will start with a pilot of 100 tons/year next year. It is an interesting development and I wish them good luck with their process!

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