US Gevo opens biorefinery to produce PX, jet fuel from isobutanol

19 August 2013 22:44  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Gevo will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on 26 August for its demonstration-scale biorefinery in Silsbee, Texas, the US renewable chemicals company announced on Monday.

The facility will process bio-based isobutanol from its Luverne site in Minnesota to produce paraxylene (PX) and alcohol-to-jet fuel, said Josh Laster, a spokesman at Gevo.

Paraxylene is a feedstock for purified terephthalic acid (PTA), which is a monomer that can be used in the production of polyethylene terephthalic (PET) bottles.

The company is working with fibre, plastics and chemicals producer Toray and beverage maker Coca-Cola to “enable and deliver an integrated system to produce renewable paraxylene”, Gevo said.

Additionally, the US Air Force has contracted Gevo to provide over 50,000 gal of its isobutanol-derived alcohol-to-jet fuel for testing as a drop-in fuel for aviation.

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