US biochem firm Gevo to convert biobutanol to jet fuel

26 April 2011 14:20  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Gevo plans to work with chemicals engineering firm Mustang on converting biobutanol into jet fuel, the US-based renewable chemicals firm said on Tuesday.

Gevo agreed to work with Mustang Engineering on processing isobutanol to paraffinic kerosene (jet fuel) for jet engine testing, airline suitability flights and commercial deployment, it added.

Scott Baker, executive vice president at Houston-based Mustang, added that the airline industry is seeking renewable fuel alternatives to conventional jet fuel because of an impending jet fuel carbon tax on international flights landing in the EU.

Financial details of the cooperation agreement were not disclosed.

Earlier this year, Germany-headquartered specialty chemicals producer LANXESS increased its stake in Gevo and also signed a 10-year exclusive supply deal with the US firm.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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