Issue Date: March 26, 2012
Albemarle To Make Biofuel For Navy
Specialty chemical maker Albemarle has been awarded a contract by the Navy to make jet fuel out of biobutanol provided by Cobalt Technologies. Cobalt converts nonfood biomass into n-butanol for fuel and chemical use. Scientists from the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division developed a process for dehydrating n-butanol to n-butene, followed by oligomerization into jet fuel. Under the contract, Albemarle will carry out the Navy process at its Baton Rouge, La., facility.
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