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Cobalt exploits US government’s research facilities to upscale biobutanol production [Registered]

Recently, a team of scientists from Cobalt Technologies assembled at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to supersize their process for making biobutanol. Cobalt had proven in the lab that its anaerobic microorganism could take organic feedstocks and convert them into biobutanol. Butanol is valued as an industrial chemical – used in plastics, paints, adhesives, and inks – and, through a Cobalt-US Navy process, can be made into jet fuel. It is also seen as a drop-in replacement for petroleum-derived fuel blending. “We’ve been developing a bacterial fermentation process in order to build commercial biobutanol…

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