http://www.havasunews.com/news/hava...cle_074f78a0-9108-11e6-99f1-9b4a49a060d3.html By BRANDON MESSICK Today’s News-Herald A Lake Havasu City gas station may be the first in the nation to offer a new form of ethanol-free biofuel. Campbell Cove 1-Stop is now offering isobutanol – a corn-derived biofuel that claims to offer about 30 percent more energy content than ethanol while remaining environmentally sustainable. The fuel also differs from ethanol-based biofuel in that it doesn’t absorb moisture or create excess pressure, which can otherwise lead to long-term engine damage. The gas station, located at 1521 Industrial Blvd, began selling the fuel in late August. The new product replaced Campbell Cove 1-Stop’s 100-octane racing fuel, which was dispensed using red pumps at the station. The pumps are of a larger size than standard for street vehicles, and according to employees of the store, are only compatible with boats and off-road vehicles. Campbell Cove owner Jim Dolan foresees a higher demand for isobutanol in the near future. The new biofuel is 91-octane, making it equivalent to super unleaded gasoline offered by most gas stations. The fuel is processed by Musket Corp, and distributed to Dolan’s business through Jackson Oil. “I think we’re the first to offer it in the U.S.,” Dolan said. “The Lake Havasu Marine Association talked about it, and GEVO has worked with a lot of manufacturers to solve the problems with ethanol. I hope it will eventually become a replacement for ethanol.” The biofuel is distributed by GEVO Marine Fuels. The company says five years of research and thousands of hours of laboratory and on-water testing were applied in the fuel’s creation, which applied a different chemical process to the creation of corn-based fuel additives. The company says its fuel will eliminate negative impacts associated with ethanol and blended fuels while remaining fully compatible with boat engines and small engines, as well as gas-powered generators. “Isobutanol is about 50 cents more expensive than premium gasoline, but I hope the price goes down once its use becomes more widespread,” Dolan said. “With our boat traffic, I saw a bigger opportunity with isobutanol than our 100-octane racing fuel.” The new biofuel was approved in June 2015 by the National Marine Manufacturers Association as a drop-in fuel for marine and recreational boat engines. GEVO has already eyed markets elsewhere in Mohave County for isobutanol, and Wet Monkey Boat Rentals, at 1685 Industrial Blvd, has already begun to use the biofuel exclusively in its rental watercraft, Dolan says.