Gevo starts first biobased isobutanol production plant in US

Green chemicals and biofuels company Gevo has commenced operations at the world's first commercial biobased isobutanol production plant in Luverne, Minnesota, US.

The plant will incorporate the company's proprietary yeast and Gevo integrated fermentation technology (GIFT) system to produce biobased isobutanol.

Gevo CEO Patrick Gruber said the startup of the Luverne plant validates the company's commitment to commercially produce biobased isobutanol in the first half of 2012.

"The next milestone will be to successfully ship product to our customers," Gruber said.

The company, through initial operation of the Luverne plant, expects to produce renewable isobutanol with a run rate of approximately one million gallons per month by the end of 2012.

"This is only the beginning for Gevo as we work toward our first shipment to Sasol and increasing production over the coming months," Gruber added.

The company said it expects to reach full-capacity run rates by the end of 2013.