Gevo Issues Plant Update, Transfers Common Stock Listing
by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) On Jan. 8, Gevo Inc. issued an update of operations at its Luverne, Minnesota, plant, reporting that the facility produced more than 50,000 gallons of biobased isobutanol in December. The company also recently announced the transfer of its common stock listing.
Gevo began side-by-side operations at its Luverne plant in June, with one fermenter dedicated to isobutnaol production and the other three dedicated to ethanol production. The company had set of goal of reaching isobutanol production levels of 50-100 gallons per month by the end of 2014. According to a statement released by Gevo, that goal was reached last month.
Gevo also reported it has recently implemented a second-generation yeast isobutanol biocatalyst at the facility that improves plant operability. Specifically, the new biocatalyst improved the isobutnaol fermentation rate by approximately 20 percent when compared to the best performing batch using first-generation yeast. It also can produce in operating conditions that enable further mitigation of potential infections and improves management of animal feed coproducts.
The update also indicates NAPA Myers Auto Parts recently began selling off-road fuel developed by Gulf Racing Fuels that contains blends of up to 16 percent of Gevo’s renewable isobutanol in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Minnesota. The fuel is used in boats, ATVs, motorcycles and snowmobiles. READ MORE and MORE / MORE (Biofuels Digest) and MORE (Gevo)