Phytonix’s proprietary technology will produce biobutanol and biopentanol from photosynthetic bacteria, carbon dioxide, sunlight, and water.
Biobutanol is a valuable industrial chemical intermediate with a existing $10 billion global market growing at 13% CAGR. It can also be blended with gasoline or can be used in place of gasoline. Unblended butanol fuel can be used in gasoline-powered engines with little or no engine modifications. Phytonix seeks to eliminate the need for biomass, such as food or other crops, in biofuels production. The company estimates the fully allocated production cost of its n-butanol at US $1.35 per gallon.
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