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Gevo to license bio-isobutanol tech to Highlands EnviroFuel

Highlands EnviroFuels, LLC (“Highlands”) has signed a letter of intent with Gevo to license its bio-isobutanol production technology. Highlands will build a commercial-scale “Brazilian-style” syrup mill in Highlands County, Florida, which would have a production capacity of approximately 200 ktpa of fermentable sugar.

The facility will process locally grown sugar cane and sweet sorghum to a high quality syrup as a clean sugar stream for fermentation and recovery of isobutanol. The isobutanol plant would be bolted on to the back-end of the syrup mill and have a nameplate capacity of approximately 20-25 million gallons per year.

Highlands said isobutanol, in particular, has a significant market opportunity in Florida with the boating industry given isobutanol’s favorable properties as compared to ethanol.

About Doris de Guzman

Will Green Chemistry save the world or is it hype? Doris de Guzman examines alternative processing, new technology, R&D and other sustainability initiatives aimed at preventing pollution; replacing ingredients; and using renewable feedstocks in Green Chemistry. She has been covering the oleochemicals market for 15 years and spread her beat to inorganics, biofuels and green chemistry.


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