UK scientists are trying to develop a sustainable alternative to petrol and guess what they evolved…Beer!!! Yes, you read it right. Scientists have managed to create a sustainable fuel using beer, as a key ingredient. Actually, scientists from the University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry have been working for several years developing technology to convert widely-available ethanol into butanol.

UK Scientists Turn Beer Into Suitable 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. So alcoholic drinks are an ideal model for industrial ethanol fermentation broths – ethanol for fuel is essentially made using a brewing process.”

Wass further added: “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.”

The whole experiment depends upon a catalyst which will convert beer (or specifically, the ethanol in beer) into butanol.

UK Scientists Turn Beer Into Suitable Petrol
Source: The Asian Age

Turning Beer Into Petrol

“Beer is actually an excellent model for the mixture of chemicals we would need to use in a real industrial process, so it shows this technology is one step closer to reality.”

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