Gevo vs Butamax: Biofuels’ Montagues and Capulets Race for Scale with New Agreements
by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …In Colorado, Gevo announced completion of their preliminary evaluation of technical feasibility under a collaboration with BioFuel Energy, designed to explore high-volume production of isobutanol. The companies plan to continue working to develop large-scale production of isobutanol at an existing or future BioFuel plant.
…The two companies will also explore the potential for seeking Advanced Biofuel status for isobutanol, which would allow domestic corn-based biofuels to compete more directly with biodiesel and imported ethanol produced from sugarcane.
BiofuelEnergy operates two 110 MGPY ethanol production facilities in Fairmont, Minn. and Wood River, Neb.
…Meanwhile, in Delaware, Butamax Advanced Biofuels announced that its Early Adopters Group has expanded with the addition of Big River Resources, bringing ethanol capacity of the collective EAG to nearly 900 million gallons a year at 11 facilities.
Big River Resources began producing ethanol in 2004 and has the capacity to produce approximately 400 million gallons of ethanol per year. The company owns four separate ethanol production facilities in three states and employs 230 people. READ MORE and MORE (Bloomberg) and MORE (BusinessWire)