Ethanol is the largest market in the world for biofuel, and the U.S. is the largest market for it, particularly since our transportation sector is so large.
Gevo’s ethanol meets the need for low-carbon, renewable ethanol, and we are constantly exploring new and better ways to improve upon it.
One use for ethanol is to use it as an oxygenate blendstock that is blended with petro-based gasoline to meet RFG area requirements. Or it can be blended with our isooctane to make fuel with reduced carbon intensity.
Ethanol Is a Building Block for Advanced Renewable Fuels
Gevo announced in September 2021 that it received a patent for a process that encompasses upgrading ethanol and bio-based alcohols into drop-in, bio-based renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel products.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Gevo U.S. Patent No. 11,078,433 titled “Conversion of Mixtures of C 2 -C 8 Olefins to Jet Fuel and/or Diesel Fuel in High Yield from Bio-Based Alcohols.”
This patented process establishes a new technology and route to hydrocarbons that did not previously exist. This creates an opportunity for Gevo to diversify ethanol production to help meet increasing demand for renewable diesel and jet fuel.
The patent falls in line with our business model to develop technology that can be used to produce drop-in hydrocarbon fuels and produce them at scale. When we apply these fuel pathways with our integrated approach to sustainability across the whole business system, including regenerative agriculture and sustainable farming techniques, powering our processes with non-fossil-based renewable energy, and producing food, paying attention to land-use issues, and responsible water use. The result is a new pathway to fuel that could produce net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the lifecycle of the product.