Washington D.C. [USA], December 7 (ANI): In order to find sustainable alternatives to fuels">fossil fuels for transportation, British researchers have managed to create a sustainable fuel using beer, as a key ingredient, that can probably end humanity's reliance on petrol.
Lead study author Duncan Wass from the University of Bristol said, "The alcohol in alcoholic drinks is actually ethanol - exactly the same molecule that we want to convert into butanol as a petrol replacement."
"If our technology works with alcoholic drinks (especially beer which is the best model) then it shows it has the potential to be scaled up to make butanol as a petrol replacement on an industrial scale," Wass stated.
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.
In demonstrating that catalysts work with a 'real' ethanol mixture, the team has demonstrated a key step in scaling this technology up to industrial application.
Another advantage of this approach is that it is quite similar to many existing petrochemical processes.
The research appears in Journal of Catalysis Science & Technology. (ANI)