Butanol is seen as a potential alternative to ethanol as it has 30% more energy per gallon than ethanol. As butanol is being considered as a suitable and safe biofuel alternative to ethanol, the current global demand for butanol is exceeding 1.2 billion gallons per year and it has been valued over USD 6 billion annually. This high-value market will expand significantly as bio-butanol will make pathways to other chemical derivatives. In other industrial chemical markets bio-butanol has a global presence of over USD 5 billion.
Bio-butanol is mixed in various proportions with gasoline to be used as biofuels, as a gasoline, diesel and jet fuel replacement. It is used in adhesives, paints, personal care products, cleaners and other high end applications jet fuel, bio based plastics and synthetic rubber, fibers etc. Big players like Exonnmobil, DuPont and BP are investing in a range of biofuel technologies, with BP making investments in bio-butanol production. Moreover, there are a large number of biofuel ventures banking on bio-butanol as an attractive ethanol alternative.
Market Dynamics of the Global Bio-Butanol Market:
Reduction of carbon emission
Need for cleaner alternatives
No vehicular modification required after the switch over to bio- butanol
The Life-cycle assessment of bio-butanol is advantageous compared to bio-ethanol.
Uncertainty in regulations makes it difficult to have a robust business plan.
The debate over food versus fuel.
Higher production costs
The global bio-butanol market has been segmented on the basis of geography as Asia-Pacific, North America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa. North America and Europe are the two major markets for biofuels. Brazil has the largest production of bio-butanol because of the enormous amount of raw material - bagasse. India, China, Brazil, and Japan have great potential in adopting this alternative.
Some of the key players in the global bio-butanol market are:
Analysis for the global bio-butanol market, with region specific assessments and competition analysis on a global and regional scale.
Market definition along with the identification of key drivers and restraints.
Identification of factors instrumental in changing the market scenario, rising prospective opportunities, and identification of key companies that can influence this market on a global and regional scale.
Extensively researched competitive landscape section with profiles of major companies along with their market share.
Identification and analysis of the macro and micro factors that affect the global bio-butanol market on both global and regional scale.
A comprehensive list of key market players along with the analysis of their current strategic interests and key financial information.
A wide-ranging knowledge and insights about the major players in this industry and the key strategies adopted by them to sustain and grow in the studied market.
Insights on the major countries/regions where this industry is blooming and to also identify the regions that are still untapped.
1.1 Research Methodology
1.1.1 Definition of the Market
1.1.2 Report Description
1.1.3 Executive Summary
2. Technology Overview
2.2 Technology Roadmap - milestones
3. Bio-Butanol Market Overview
3.1 Industry Chain Analysis
3.2 SWOT Analysis
3.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis
3.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
3.3.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
3.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
3.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
3.3.5 Degree of Competition
3.4 Market Dynamics
3.5.1 Reduction of carbon emission to a great extent
3.5.2 Another excellent reason is no vehicular modification required after the switch over to bio- butanol.
3.5.3 The Life-cycle assessment of bio-butanol is advantageous compared to bio-ethanol.
3.6.1 Uncertainty in regulations makes it difficult to have a robust business plan.
3.6.2 The debate over food versus fuel.
3.6.3 Separation costs of butanol from fermentation broths are some of the challenges faced by this nascent industry.
3.7.1 Alternative to Ethanol
3.7.2 Growing demand for alternative energy sources to petroleum
4. Market Segmentation and Analysis
4.1 By Application
4.1.1 Motor Fuel
4.1.2 Plastics and Resins
4.1.4 Synthetic Rubber
4.1.5 Personal Care Products
5. Regional Market Analysis (Market size, growth and forecast)
5.1.4 South Korea
5.2 North America
5.2.1 United States
5.3.2 United Kingdom
5.4 South America
5.4.3 Rest of South America
5.5.1 Saudi Arabia
5.5.2 South Africa
6. Competitive Landscape
6.1 Mergers & Acquisitions Analysis
6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.3 Joint Ventures, Collaborations and Agreements
6.4 New Product Launches
6.5 Technological Developments
6.6 Investment Opportunities
6.7 Future of Bio-Butanol market
7. Company Profiles
7.3 Cobalt Technologies
7.4 Cathay Industrial Biotech
7.5 Green Biologics
7.6 Butyl Fuel LLC.
7.7 W2 Energy
7.9 Energy Quest
7.10 Butalco GmBH
7.11 METabolic Explorer
7.12 TetraVitae Biosciences