NMMA Endorses Gevo’s Isobutanol for Boats

Joanna Schroeder

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has endorsed Gevo, Inc. for the use of isobutanol by the marine industry. They say the renewable fuel is an effective, less damaging, more suitable biofuel than ethanol for powering various types of marine and recreational boat engines. NMMA has worked with Gevo for five years, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Argonne National …

isobutanol, Renewable Energy

Lufthansa Testing Gevo’s Renewable Jet Fuel

John Davis

German airline Lufthansa says it will test advanced biofuel maker Gevo’s renewable jet fuel. This Gevo news release says the goal is to get the airline to approve of Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for commercial aviation use. “ATJ, like the Fischer-Tropsch pathway, has the potential to use lignocellulosic waste as feedstock, but promises to do so at less cost than …

aviation biofuels, isobutanol

Butamax and Gevo Need to Resolve Issues

Cindy Zimmerman

Yet another press release came out this week regarding the Butamax/Gevo legal battle over isobutanol technology patent infringement and frankly, we are sick of hearing about it. This spat started over 16 months and dozens of press releases ago. There is no question that patents are important, but the fact is that both of these companies are holding up critical …

advance biofuels, isobutanol, Opinion

Butamax Granted Patent for Iso-Butanol

Ann Marie Edwards

Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC, has been granted patent number 8,129,162 for production of iso-butanol from biological resources. This latest patent was issued from a series of applications covering modified KARI enzymes that optimize production of biobutanol by Butamax’s proprietary microorganisms. These microorganisms are engineered with the isobutanol biosynthetic pathway invented by Butamax that includes five enzymatic steps that convert sugar …

biobutanol, biofuels, Company Announcement, isobutanol

Butamax and Gevo Continue Battle

Cindy Zimmerman

The battle between Butamax™ and Gevo over isobutanol technology continues. Last week, Gevo received a landmark patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its GIFT(R) separation unit, a central part of the company’s fermentation technology for the production of isobutanol. The patent, “Recovery of Higher Alcohols From Dilute Aqueous Solutions,” addresses the separation technology used to produce …

advance biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, isobutanol

Gevo & Mustang Engineering to Produce BioJet Fuel

Joanna Schroeder

Gevo has signed an engineering and consulting agreement with Mustang Engineering LP (Mustang) to convert Gevo’s renewable isobutanol to biojet fuel. The first step will be to focus on the downstream processing of isobutanol to kerosene (jet fuel) and from there to test the fuel in jet engines as well as in commercial planes. “Our work with Mustang is another …

biofuels, biojet fuel, isobutanol