Gevo discovers new methods for renewable diesel production

Commercial bio-based isobutanol plant at Luverne. Source: http://www.gevo.com

September 5 (Renewables Now) - US biofuels company Gevo Inc (NASDAQ:GEVO) announced on Wednesday it has developed new processes for converting isobutanol into renewable diesel.

Gevo can now convert both low-carbon isobutanol and low-value “fusel oils” -- the mixture of alcohols that are byproducts from fermentation processes -- into renewable diesel.

The biofuels firm expects the price of its renewable diesel to be competitive with that of natural and petroleum-based equivalents. While biodiesel demand has increased since the introduction of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), Gevo hopes to be able to also sell to the marine sector, as the product has no sulfur or particulates emissions, CEO Patrick Gruber explained.

According to international water regulations, the marine transportation sector will have to reduce sulfur emissions, starting from 2020.

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