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.
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.
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.”