Jul 26 2017
Gevo’s isobutanol technology to be offered to Praj customers
Gevo’s isobutanol technology will now be offered for licensing to processors of sugar cane juice and molasses, the US biofuels firms said. Isobutanol can be used as a gasoline blendstock, a specialty chemical solvent or an intermediate for products such as alcohol-to-jet fuel and isooctane.
This is as a result of joint development and development license agreements Gevo signed with Indian engineering company Praj Industries Ltd (BOM:522205) in November 2015. The agreements called for Praj to adapt Gevo’s technology to using non-corn based sugars and lignocellulose feedstocks.
The cooperation has now reached a point where the technology will be made available for commercialisation to cane juice and molasses-based ethanol plants. Licensees will be mainly sought among Praj plants located in India, South America and South East Asia, with a target to have the initial capacity operational sometime in 2019 or 2020.
The isobutanol platform can be offered as bolt-on to existing ethanol plants or as a greenfield plant, explained Pramod Chaudhari, executive chairman of Praj, which has worked on 750 ethanol plant projects around the world.
Gevo is expected to be the main off-taker, marketer and initial distributor for isobutanol produced using its technology at the Praj-built plants.
Isobutanol can be used as a gasoline blendstock, a specialty chemical solvent or an intermediate for products such as alcohol-to-jet fuel and isooctane.
@This article is published by business.conbio.info 2017-07-26, edited by Lennart Ljungblom and is based on a press release. BcB Business.conbio.info is since 2014 a leading news site for bioenergy related business.