US Gevo gets $5m grant to develop jet fuel from isobutanol

28 September 2011 19:59  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based bio-isobutanol producer Gevo received a $5m (€4m) government grant to develop jet fuel by using cellulose-based isobutanol, the company said on Wednesday.

The grant was among $40m that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave to the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, a consortium led by Washington State University, Gevo said.

Gevo will use its portion of the award to improve its cellulosic yeast and fermentation process, it said. Under the grant, Gevo will rely on woody biomass and forest-product residues as a feedstock.

Gevo's yeast uses sugar to produce isobutanol, which is then used to make jet fuel.

By 2013, Gevo expects its jet fuel to be certified by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).

($1 = €0.73)

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