Trading Fossil Fuels for the Carbon Already in the Atmosphere

Biofuels provide energy by using carbon from plants, and reduce the need to use fossil fuels. There are several biofuel crops, including corn, beets, and sugarcane. Sustainable biofuels capitalize on the fact that plants draw their carbon from the atmosphere, where it lingers in the form of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. We know how to make biofuel from corn, since ethanol has been around for more than 100 years.

Gevo has focused on corn-based biofuel, making isobutanol from inedible corn at its plant in Luverne, Minnesota. Corn-biofuel advantages are numerous, chiefly because producers have had so much practice—ethanol is widely produced. Because corn agriculture has been studied and modified over the last century, yields have been dialed in to be highly productive. Gevo has used biotechnology for biofuels to develop the process to make isobutanol, using Gevo’s proprietary yeast.

Biofuel made from corn has reduced carbon intensity because the farmers are using advanced agriculture methods to grow it, including low-till or no-till techniques that help the farms capture more of the carbon. Because corn grows quickly and creates large biomass, the plants absorb large quantities of carbon from the atmosphere. Gevo is partnered with area farmers to improve their growing techniques, resulting in better yield, improved root generation, and better carbon sequestration in the soil.

Download the Gevo Whitepaper: The Circular Economy and learn how advanced renewable fuel can capitalize on market forces to reduce fossil-carbon emissions, add protein to the food supply, and improve soil while sequestering carbon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biofuels Research Goes Beyond Corn

Biofuels alternative feedstocks and conversion processes use lignocellulose as another source of the starches needed to produce biofuel, from feedstocks including bagasse (sugarcane waste), rice straw, and woodslash or forest waste. Many of these cellulosic biofuel feedstocks would otherwise add to atmospheric carbon dioxide levels by being burned, as is the case with rice straw in India and woodslash as a result of wildfires.

Gevo Values Certification from International Third-Party Groups that Track Sustainability

Gevo, Inc., understands that sustainability is more than just a marketing tool or selling point for its bio-based, renewable fuels. It’s also a metric that can be scientifically measured and documented. The sustainability of any product, along with ethical and credible sourcing, will be a guide for consumers who seek to do the right thing for the planet and its people.

The Ethics and Morals of Renewable Fuel

Sustainability is a principle that makes sense on every level. For Gevo, it means adhering to the highest standards of environmental and economic responsibility, using the latest synthetic biology and industrial chemistry to achieve something that’s better for us, and for the whole world.

Gevo Partners with Mother Nature to Create Advanced Fuels

Gevo takes fuel technology to the next level, by building its advanced fuels molecule by molecule. This way, we can add the good characteristics and attributes we want, rather than trying to strip away the parts that are bad for the environment. Watch the video below to see how it works.