10 July 2012 13:52 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Gevo has managed to successfully ferment isobutanol at its recently started-up plant in ?xml:namespace>
“We’ve shown that we can successfully ferment isobutanol in large, 250,000-gallon commercial fermenters, isolate the product and get it into tanks and railcars,” said CEO Patrick Gruber.
“The learnings gained in achieving this milestone are enormous and further de-risk our technology,” Gruber added.
Gruber added that the Luverne facility would be in a “start-up/learning mode of operation” for most of 2012.
“We still have a lot of work to do: improve plant reliability, improve yields, improve throughput and improve quality,” he said.
“With any new technology there is a lot to learn. We have made great progress so far, and I expect our team to continue to deliver – knocking down issues as they arise,” he added.
Gevo is focused on converting ethanol plants into bio-refineries to produce renewable chemicals and fuels.
Additional reporting by Frank Zaworski
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