posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 01:16 AM
Butanol can be made by this process and puts out less CO2 then gasoline.
butanol also burns cleaner then gasoline and would not need all the additives
not required in gasoline. in-fact it could replace some that are now used in gasoline like ethanol that's required in Calif and other states to
this would cut the use of corn and other FOODS used to make ethanol.
Butanol at 85 percent strength can be used in cars designed for gasoline (petrol) without any change to the engine (unlike 85% ethanol)
And there have been Butanol fuel cells and research is ongoing on them.
Butanol would be a much better fuel cell fuel then hydrogen because it can be pumped from regular service station pumps and put into regular fuel
This would be a LOT cheaper and safer then building hydrogen filling stations and having pressurized hydrogen tanks in cars.
This would be the best transitional fuel from a internal combustion engine vehicle to a fuel cell vehicle economy as there would be no need to
retrofit the excising fuel distribution system.
This also would allow the manufacture of heavier oils for lubrication use.
and Butanol can be used for aviation use where other fuels can not.