Gevo, BioFuel Energy collaborate high-volume isobutanol production

Gevo, BioFuel Energy collaborate for high-volume isobutanol production

9:42 AM, 26th June 2012
Gevo, BioFuel Energy collaborate for high-volume isobutanol production
Dr Patrick Gruber, CEO, Gevo.

ENGLEWOOD, US: Gevo announced progress under collaboration with BioFuel Energy Corp to explore high-volume production of isobutanol. Gevo recently began the start up of its first commercial-scale isobutanol plant in Luverne, US, with plans for another startup in 2013 at its Redfield, SD joint venture. By working with BioFuel Energy, Gevo is continuing to execute on its growth strategy and setting a clear path to achieving its projected volume targets.

Although Gevo and Biofuel Energy signed a development agreement earlier this year, the companies only recently completed their preliminary evaluation of technical feasibility. The companies plan to continue working to develop large-scale production of isobutanol at an existing or future BioFuel plant. The two companies will also explore the potential for seeking advanced biofuel status for isobutanol, which would allow domestic corn-based biofuels to compete more directly with biodiesel and imported ethanol produced from sugarcane.

“The capacity of BioFuel’s plants would allow us to begin delivering isobutanol at the scale that refinery customers are likely to demand. We have the potential to be at the forefront of the advanced biofuel market. BioFuel Energy recognizes this potential and has agreed to explore a possible retrofit of their assets to produce isobutanol,” said Dr Patrick Gruber, CEO, Gevo.

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