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Gevo Announces Successful Startup of World’s First Commercial Biobased Isobutanol Plant

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Gevo, Inc., a renewable chemicals and biofuels company, announced today it has begun startup of the world’s first commercial bio-based isobutanol production plant located in Luverne, Minn.




 

 

Gevo, Inc.,  a renewable chemicals and biofuels company, announced today it has begun startup of the world’s first commercial bio-based isobutanol production plant located in Luverne, Minn.

“The startup of our Luverne plant represents a major milestone for the industry and validation of our commitment to commercially produce bio-based isobutanol in the first half of 2012,” said said Dr. Patrick Gruber, CEO of Gevo. “The next milestone will be to successfully ship product to our customers.”

Gevo retrofitted the Luverne plant to incorporate its proprietary yeast and Gevo Integrated Fermentation Technologysystem to produce bio-based isobutanol. Through initial operation of the Luverne plant, Gevo expects to advance its learning of large-scale production of renewable isobutanol at the site maintaining a goal of producing isobutanol at a run rate of approximately 1 million gallons per month by yearend 2012. Gevo expects to reach full-capacity run rates by yearend 2013.

“This is only the beginning for Gevo as we work toward our first shipment to Sasol and increasing production over the coming months,” added Gruber. “As with all plant startups we will face challenges. However, we have an outstanding team, many of whom have been through similar startups before, to address and meet these challenges. We look forward to growing into a very large business.”

Source: Business Wire



 

 

 
 
 

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