International Sugar Journal

Butanol production from sugarcane juices † [Full subscriber]

Butanol is an aliphatic saturated alcohol with the molecular formula of C4H9OH, which can be used as a transportation fuel, an intermediate and a solvent for a wide variety of chemical applications. The acetone-butanol fermentation was the standard for industrial production of solvents until the 1950s. Modern microbiological techniques have improved the original organism such that it produces high levels of butanol rather than mixed solvents. Butanol has many advantages as an alternative fuel source; 1) a higher energy content, 2) usable in existing pipelines, 3) easy to blend with gasoline. Butanol can be produced from sugarcane juice, molasses or…

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