Gevo Inc.'s isobutanol capacity to grow

  • Article by: JIM BUCHTA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 16, 2011 - 12:14 PM

Gevo Inc., a biofuels company that is retrofitting a Minnesota ethanol plant into one that produces alcohol called isobutanol, says that it plans to do the same at a second plant in South Dakota.

The company said the venture with Redfield Energy LLC of Redfield, S.D., will retrofit that company's ethanol plant into one that's capable of producing 38 million gallons of isobutanol per year.

Isobutanol is an alcohol with a broad range of uses, including paint solvents, gasoline additives and ink ingredients. Gevo intends to market the product initially to the chemical industry, which now uses isobutanol made from petroleum.

Gevo this month began retrofitting a plant it purchased in Luverne, Minn., and hopes to begin isobutanol production next year.

With the two operations, the Englewood, Colo.-based company estimates total output of about 60 million gallons per year by 2012. It also intends to convert a third plant, not yet identified, increasing annual capacity to 110 million gallons by 2013.

Jim Buchta • 612-673-7376

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