Butanol a clean burning fuel

The BTU content of butanol is common knowledge to everyone familiar with the fuel. It contains about 92% of the content of gasoline but gets slightly better gas mileage because it burns very cleanly, producing no NOX, SOX or carbon monoxide and produces more engine torque. It is also safer to handle than either gasoline or ethanol.

Butanol can also be shipped via existing gas pipelines, which ethanol cannot. Bio-diesel from alge is a most promising diesel alternative fuel, but 2/3 of the motor fuel used in North America is gasoline, not diesel.Butanol can actually be mixed with diesel, and bio-diesel has some undesirable cold flow characteristics which make its use problematical in cold climates without additives or the addition of fuel heaters.

Advantages of Butanol:

  1. Energy density only 10% below gasoline.
  2. Octane rating 25% higher than gasoline.
  3. Doesn’t eat away at plastic or rubber engine parts (like ethanol/methanol).
  4. Can be pumped/stored/transported in same equipment as gasoline.
  5. Any percentage gas + butanol (1 to 100%) will run in today’s cars, no modifications are required unlike ethanol fuelled cars.
  6. Butanol does not absorb water like ethanol or methanol (long-term storage=no problem).
  7. Butanol burns cleaner than gasoline, ethanol or methanol.

What is Butanol

Butanol is a 4-carbon alcohol that can be manufactured from grains or from cellulose–that is—-plant matter. Unlike ethanol, you can make butanol from corn, or the cornstalk, or any other plant, or even plant-based trash, like paper. Unlike ethanol, you can fill your car—old, new, whatever—with a tank-full of butanol and it will run without modifications, almost as far as you go on a tank of regular unleaded. In short, it’s an almost ideal gasoline replacement. Do you want a renewable fuel that lets you keep the car you have now? Butanol is the fuel of choice. You want a fuel that can be made from any plant matter, not just edible plants, but instead wood waste from large lumber operations are ideal. In fact any carbon source such low cost lignite coal which is very abundant world-wide and or petroleum coke which is currently stockpiled in massive volumes at most refining operations globally Butanol is the fuel of the future.

Our process PyStr™ can produce butanol, ethanol or methanol from lignite coal as well as all the aforementioned feed-stocks. However unlike other processes our technology produces these higher alcohols from gasification and not fermentation, which is energy intensive. Our process gasifies any of these carbon sources to Syngas which in simpler terms is hydrogen gas + CO2 gas. This gas is then introduced to a converter which is typically a catalyst bed vessel specifically designed to yield liquid butanol, ethanol or methanol. This specific catalyst creates a gas to liquid reaction which recombines specific molecules. It is important to note that if butanol is created, then a specific catalyst must be used. The catalyst varies depending upon the end product desired.

Syngas International Corp changes its name to Energy Quest, Inc.

Las Vegas, Nevada, Energy Quest, Inc. formally Syngas International Corp. OTCBB SYNI, announces the completion of its company restructuring. Plans are to begin immediately production of electrical power generation, ethanol and butanol from feed stocks such as wood pulp, trash, cow manure and low cost abundant lignite coal. Energy Quest plans to employ unique gasification and catalytic conversion processes to produce clean fuels. Energy Quest’s mission is to implement new technologies to solve CO² emissions problems today.

There are simple things all of us can do in our every day life to reduce the level of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that we are directly and indirectly responsible for (carbon footprint). Energy Quest offers technologies today that create solutions to solve environmental problems we face.

“For 10 years, we have given individuals, businesses and institutions the choice to support cleaner electricity that will help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel power plants,” says Wilf Ouellette, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Energy Quest. “Now that the scientific community, governmental institutions and even the giant energy companies have finally reached a near-universal consensus that global warming is a real and growing danger, we believe that the time is right for us to put our expertise and experience as a leader and innovator in this area to work for all consumers. Individuals need to learn more about what is happening to our environment and how it could greatly impact the future of both the current and coming generations,
and how we can all do something today to effectively begin to improve our global environment.”

The magnitude of threats posed by climate change are many, including poverty, flood, disease, unpredictable weather and our very existence as we know it. Some have severe deleterious, immediate effects, or persistent and serious consequences on not only the physical environment/ecosystem but also living organisms including human beings, so much so that nearly 90% of human health problems are linked to unsuitable environmental conditions caused by pollution and emissions. In addition, the bulk of our economic activities damage the productive capabilities of the earth. To this end, the Poverty Reduction Strategy of any nation cannot be complete without the inclusion of environmental management strategies.

The restriction of pollution caused by cars and trucks will slow economies, the consequence of which will be unemployment that will force people to go to urban areas where housing backlogs already extend many years. Air transport would be greatly affected and movement of goods will also be affected. Legislation to compel reduction of binding annual targets for reducing CO2 emissions without proven means to achieve that target is meaningless.

This brief overview identifies the current problems and the major environmental issues facing us. We are pleased to announce that Energy Quest scientists have developed technologies that offer fuel solutions to virtually all air and ground forms of transportation. One of these, called gasification, is a well known, low-oxygen combustion process that produces a synthesis gas (syngas) composed of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. These two gases together are then sent to a second process where they are converted by a catalyst into ethanol and, preferably, butanol. Energy Quest has license to low cost versions of these technologies that will make dramatic reductions in the cost to produce these fuels. Energy Quest also plans to employ an additional low cost technology for separating these alcohols for final sale.

The Energy Quest method is superior to that of conventional ethanol production in two primary ways. First, ethanol is currently produced through fermentation of either corn or sugar cane as the feedstock. The valuable food used in these processes will at some point be necessary for human consumption rather than to satisfy the human appetite for fuel. Energy Quest’s process uses waste or low cost biomass for its process, thereby saving food for its best use. In fact, Energy Quest’s near-term goal is to begin converting trash into fuel. The rubbish heaps of today will become the fuel sources of tomorrow by producing these clean fuels in this manner. The process and the fuels it produces will significantly reduce CO2 emissions, which are a threat to mankind, while at the same time providing a solution to ever growing problems associated with landfills.

The advantages of the fuels produced using the Energy Quest process are many. Ethanol is the current gasoline additive of choice in the Western World. The addition of ethanol to gasoline adds oxygen to the fuel (oxygenates it) which makes it burn cleaner, thereby reducing green-house gas emissions. Butanol, a much less well known fuel, actually has many advantages over even ethanol, but because it has been expensive to produce by conventional methods it has never been seriously considered as a fuel oxygenate. Energy Quest’s method solves this problem, as it can produce Butanol at the same cost as ethanol. Butanol can be transported through pipelines, whereas ethanol cannot, and butanol requires much less blending, if any, to run in normal gasoline engines. All that being said, the Energy Quest process can readily and inexpensively produce ethanol if the market demands it.


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Patents and Inventions

Patents and Inventions

Patent number 6712215
A method of solvent recovery from oil sand extraction plant tailings, using 180 degree opposing steam assisted accelerating nozzles.
Pyrolysis Steam Reformer

Pyrolysis Steam Reformer

The Pystr Technology system incorporates a novel,getting , very high heat transfer direct fuel and sorbent contact reactor which is utilized
Modular Fluidized Bed

Modular Fluidized Bed

Gas Generator
Fluidized bed gasification has been successfully used to convert biomass wastes (wood, bark, and agri wastes) into a clean fuel

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