Butanol Production Cost Analysis 2021

Butanol is commonly used as a fuel in an internal combustion engine. A C4-hydrocarbon, butanol is used as a drop-in fuel in vehicles designed for use with gasoline without modification. There are about four isomers of butanol, but the most active commercialization work centres on isobutanol for blending with gasoline. Biobutanol can easily be blended, with gasoline with concentrations up to 11.5% by volume. 

Moreover, it can be produced from biomass (as "biobutanol") as well as fossil-fuels (as "petrobutanol". However, both biobutanol and petrobutanol have the same chemical properties in nature. Biobutanol has a long hydrocarbon chain that renders it fairly non-polar. The manufacturing of biobutanol is often carried out in ethanol production facilities. In fact, the first biobutanol plants were retrofitted to existing corn ethanol plants. Biobutanol has the potential to reduce carbon emissions by as much as 85% when compared to gasoline. Along with transportation fuels, biobutanol companies also manufacture a range of other high-value products like solvents, coatings, fibres, and plastics.

Procurement Resource provides an in-depth cost analysis of Butanol production. The report incorporates the manufacturing process with detailed process and material flow, capital investment, operating costs along with financial expenses and depreciation charges. The study is based on the latest prices and other economic data available. We also offer additional analysis of the report with detailed breakdown of all cost components (Capital Investment Details, Production Cost Details, Economics for another Plant Location, Dynamic Cost Model).


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