A strategy for more energy dense, lower water soluble n-BuOH resulting in improved fuel transport and engine structural integrity.
In order to create an environmentally sustainable chemical and fuel industry, current chemical processes utilizing renewable feedstocks, like bioethanol, need improvement. Most U.S. gasoline contains ethanol (EtOH), the largest globally produced biofuel, but its high water solubility, corrosiveness and lower energy density cause drawbacks in fuel transport and engine structural integrity. Combining Butanol (n-BuOH), produced from bioethanol, with gasoline eliminates the problems with EtOH. However, established processes for creating n-BuOH results in byproducts less favorable than either EtOH or BuOH.
· Increased selectivity of n-butanol
· Higher energy density
· Lower water solubility
· Valorization of ethanol
· Transportation fuel reduction of greenhouse gases
· Sustainable energy
· Green chemicals
· Guerbet condensation
indenergy, biofuels, sustainable energy, transportation energy, engine structural integrity