Friday, November 21, 2008

Syntec B2A: Better Catalysts for Bio-Butanol etc

Our process is compatible with any type of organic feedstock. It can be applied to agricultural, industrial and municipal operations, converting their waste streams into a value-added product. Syntec can take the leaves, stalks, and any left over biomass waste, and with our catalysts, convert it into a valuable fuel that can fill your gas tank and run your car.
Syntec Biofuel is an important player in the nascent biomass to alcohol industry. Now Syntec is focusing on the creation of efficient new catalysts for producing bio-propanol and bio-butanol from biomass and other waste streams.
Butanol is a promising alcohol biofuel and is currently used as a solvent and as a chemical intermediate in thousands of consumer products; it sells for in excess of $5 per gallon. Propanol plays an important role as a solvent in the plastics and polymers, pharmaceutical, paint and cosmetic industries. It is also used as a carrier and extraction solvent for wide range of natural products and also sells for in excess of $5 per gallon.

Currently, almost all butanol and propanol in the world is derived from fossil fuels. The commercialization of Bio-butanol and Bio-propanol will effectively reduce the carbon footprints of many major industries.
—Syntec CEO Michael Jackson _GCC
This Biofuels Digest summary lays out some of the recent activities of Syntec across North America.

As availability and price of feedstock for these new B2A processes becomes better defined, the longer term impact of B2A on the overall economy will be easier to predict. Biofuels is but one of many potential uses for bio-alcohols and other high value hydrocarbons and hydrocarbon derivatives.

Among the industries most interested in developments in this area are the petroleum industries, the chemical industries, fuels and utility industries, forestry, paper and pulp industries, the municipal waste industry, and agriculture. A thriving international market economy relies upon rational rules of trade that are not overly burdened by protectionism and nonsensical regulations.

Unfortunately, new leadership in the US promises to increase protectionist trade barriers and carbon hysteria-based energy regulations. These neo-Luddites will only slow the adoption of more rational and sustainable international energy industries.

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