The Evolving Technology of Renewables

Today’s renewables are not discovered. The technology is constantly evolving, and the process takes what we’ve learned and build on it. The renewables of today are built from the processes, experiences, and challenges of the biofuels from years past. And like biofuels, the next-generation renewables are created in a lab from the building blocks in nature, and then scaled up to meet production demand.

Just a few short years ago there was no renewable alternative for aviation fuel, yet now there are no fewer than five pathways to achieve a renewable alternative to petroleum-based jet fuel. Each one is achieving the standard in different ways at this writing, but it would not be surprising to learn of additional pathways being added to the list in the near future.

This is the nature of the science behind biofuels: The limitations are only in our minds. As the technology evolves and the threats from climate change grow more urgent, the resources of our society will become more invested in biofuel development.

Today’s Renewable Fuels Are Next-Generation Biofuels

Gevo has taken a multi-prong approach to deliver renewable energy in ways that will allow it to be easily adapted. Every gallon of energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons we expect to make has been designed from the ground up to maximize its impact on greenhouse gas emissions. That’s because the fuels use the carbon that is already in the atmosphere to create the molecules that store the energy. This is contrast with fossil fuels, which remove carbon from the ground and, when burned, emit it into the atmosphere.

The fuels basically work as a storage device for renewable energy sources, including solar energy through photosynthesis, wind power through turbines, and biogas and renewable natural gas, used efficiently through cogeneration or combined heat and power (CHP). The result: Our plants are expected to produce net-zero greenhouse gas emissions over the whole lifecycle of every gallon.

Our fuels allow people to use renewable energy in ways they already do: fueling up their cars, or flying across the country or around the world on a commercial jet filled with our fuel.  we has undertaken is designed to be prepared for the unpredictable nature of the market. By developing new types of biofuels, the company is preparing to scale up production to serve virtually any market that needs to stop relying on fossil fuels.


A Partnership Between Gevo and Google Cloud Expects to Enable Users to Track and Verify Emissions Using Datasets and Analytics Tools

Gevo, Inc. is partnering with Google Cloud to measure and verify the efficacy of next-generation biofuels across the supply chain via full lifecycle sustainability data tracking. Using technology developed by Verity Tracking, a division of Gevo, the collaboration is expected to enable users to track and verify emissions using datasets and analytics tools from Google...
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Growing Our Own Energy Independence

Anytime gas prices rise at the pump, people look for a scapegoat. Usually, there’s one to be found, and almost always that scapegoat is not the cause. We Americans have been experiencing the worst inflation in nearly four decades, making every-day goods and especially fuel more expensive, and, at the same time, Russian President Vladimir...
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COP26 Has Ended and Now It’s Time for Action—Drop-In Advanced Renewable Fuels Are a Good Start

As we learned from COP26, we’re shooting for Global Net-Zero by 2050. That is an admirable goal, but we’re already falling behind the pace as a planet. We need action now, and in ways that begin to slow the flow of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere in measurable, meaningful amounts, and yet allow us to...
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Webinar: Clean Cities & Gevo

Municipal governments can take a leadership role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by partnering with Gevo through a Clean Cities program. The vehicles in service now can help hit emissions targets simply by changing fuel, thanks to our advanced bio-based renewable fuels with net-zero carbon emissions. Watch the webinar to learn more.
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