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Scientists Turn Beer into Fuel

Submitted by on December 7, 2017 – 11:07 amNo Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Bristol)  Chemists at the University of Bristol have made the first steps towards making sustainable petrol using beer as a key ingredient.

Scientists from the University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry have been working for several years to develop  that will convert widely-available ethanol into butanol.

The technology used to convert ethanol into butanol is called a catalyst – these are chemicals which can speed up and control a chemical reaction and are already widely used in the petrochemical industry.

The Bristol team’s key finding is that their catalysts will convert beer (or specifically, the ethanol in beer) into butanol.

Professor Wass added: “We wouldn’t actually want to use beer on an industrial scale and compete with potential food crops.

The next step in terms of application is to build this larger scale process and, based on previous processes, this could take as long as five years even if everything went well. From a scientific point of view, the team are now trying to understand what makes their catalysts so successful.  READ MORE Abstract (Catalysis Science & Technology)

UNIVERSITY TURNS BEER INTO BIOFUEL (The Drinks Business)

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