US Gevo targets 350m gal of biobutanol in 2015

02 May 2012 17:36  [Source: ICIS news]

ORLANDO, Florida (ICIS)--Gevo aims to have 350m gal/year of biobutanol production capacity on stream in 2015, according to a company official.

Bob Bernacki, director of business development at the US-based biotech firm, spoke in Orlando at the World Congress of Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, which concludes on Wednesday.

Gevo will start up its first commercial-scale biobutanol facility, an 18m gal/year unit in Luverne, Minnesota, US, next month, Bernacki said. A 38m gal/year unit in Redfield, South Dakota, US, is to go on stream during the second half of 2013. Earlier statements put the start-up date in the first half.

Bernacki noted that Gevo’s objective, though ambitious, is realistic because the company’s process is designed specifically to be compatible with fermentation capacity already being used to produce ethanol.

He said the company is currently discussing the biobutanol opportunity with ethanol producers.

By: Clay Boswell
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