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Tagged: isobutanol

April 14, 2012

A biofuel that will be produced commercially in Minnesota is turning out to have major advantages over ethanol, especially for engines that can’t burn that fuel at higher concentrations. Scientists who have studied isobutanol, an alcohol fuel made from corn and soon to be manufactured in Luverne, Minn., say it can be easily blended with gasoline at up to 16 percent, packs more energy than ethanol and doesn’t appear to damage the engines of older cars, boats and lawn equipment. “Isobutanol is a good fuel, and a lot of engines can burn it without problems,” said James Szybist, a researcher [.....]

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October 28, 2011

Alexandria, Va.  – October 28, 2011 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced the completion of fuels testing on Briggs & Stratton small engines for a side-by-side evaluation of the performance, durability and emissions of ethanol and isobutanol fuel blends.  Results show that isobutanol fuel blends provided by Gevo, Inc., do not cause any irregular or unstable engine or performance issues, suggesting that isobutanol could help meet the renewable fuel mandate with minimal to no impact on existing equipment and off-road vehicles. “We are pleased with the results of isobutanol testing.  It shows us that isobutanol could be [.....]

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