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Cost effective, novel process doubles butanol production [Registered]

A new discovery should make the production of fuel butanol more attractive to the biofuel industry. University of Illinois researcher Hao Feng has found a way around the bottleneck that has frustrated producers in the past and could significantly reduce the cost of the energy involved in making it as well. “The first challenge in butanol production is that at a certain concentration the fuel being created becomes toxic to the organism used to make it (Clostridium pasteurianum and other strains), and that toxicity limits the amount of fuel that can be made in one batch. The second issue is…

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