Jatropha and biobutanol form the basis of BP’s biofuels strategy

Reuters have reported that BP is focusing on developing jatropha and biobutanol for future sustainable biofuel production. Their head of biofuels, Philip New, has said that although BP are major users of ethanol, there is now scope to use biobutanol which can be made from biomass. He also confirmed that BP was counting on jatropha as a sustainable biofuel.

Mr New stated that BP was looking at a range of technologies aside from jatropha and butanol that included algae that converts carbon dioxide into a vegetable oil.

I’m not whether this strategy covers Australia. The Reuters article was written in Amsterdam and reported on Yahoo News India so it may be written with an Indian context. Regardless, it would be great to see BP buck the trend and introduce biobutanol to Australia.

Source: Reuters via The Big Biofuels Blog


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