The fuel in question is biobutanol and will be produced by special photosynthetic bacteria, without having to undergo the costly separation of fuel from biomass as most biofuels do.
“These bacteria will act as tiny micro-refineries, using photosynthesis to make biobutanol. Biobutanol is the most promising biofuel for use as a “drop-in” gasoline replacement in spark ignition engines,” stated Bruce Dannenberg, Founder and CEO of Phytonix. “This is truly a direct solar, carbon-based, liquid transportation fuel. It utilizes carbon dioxide as the “feedstock” and solar energy and water to photosynthetically produce biofuels.”
This technology will not need arable land or use food crops. Phytonix has patents pending worldwide for the process technologies. “We believe we are the only company with this biosafety guard,” Dannenberg said.
Phytonix expects that its bacteria could produce upwards of 20,000 gallons per acre. By comparison, the current U.S. corn ethanol yield per acre is about 400 gallons. The bacteria that Phytonix and its partner will develop are expected to yield about five times that amount of biofuel and will simply secrete the fuel.
“The objective here,” stated Dannenberg, “is to rapidly commercialize our proprietary, safe, and ethical photobiological biofuels production technology in order to move the global economic system forward in the transition from a petrochemical and fossil fuels-based economy to a biochemical and living fuels-based economy.”