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Syntec & EERC develop biobutanol from biomass

Jan. 7, 2010, Vancouver – Syntec Biofuel has entered into a joint development program with the Energy & Environmental Research Center for converting a wide variety of biomass and waste into biobutanol.


January 7, 2010
By Canadian Biomass

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Jan.
7, 2010, Vancouver – Syntec Biofuel has entered into a joint development
program with the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the
University of North Dakota for converting a wide variety of biomass and waste
into biobutanol. The core process uses Syntec's high-performance catalyst
technology in conjunction with an upgrading process exclusively licensed from
the EERC Foundation.

Butanol
has a high purity and energy level and a variety of uses, including as a fuel
in internal combustion engines. Because its hydrocarbon chain is twice the
length of ethanol, it is more similar to gasoline than to ethanol. Biobutanol
is also used as a solvent for a variety of chemical and textile processes, as a
chemical intermediate for organic synthesis, as a base for perfumes and paint
thinners, and as a solvent in coatings applications.

Syntec
is a Washington State corporation based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Syntec
has developed a thermochemical process that breaks down sustainable, low-cost
MSW, wood, and agricultural waste into reactive components that form with
Syntec's patent-pending catalysts to produce ethanol, methanol, propanol, and
butanol.


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