Englewood, Colombia – Renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer Gevo Inc. has developed a “breakthrough” catalytic process that transforms waste by-product into isoprene.
The process involves using chemical-based catalysts to convert low-value, fusel oils into isoprene, said Gevo’s 28 Jan announcement.
Fusel oils are mixtures of alcohols: by-products from fermentation processes, such as bio-based ethanol production.
The isoprene end-product can compete “head-to-head” on price with natural and petroleum-based chemical equivalents, Gevo claims.
According to the company, oils from the ethanol industry alone can amount to 2.5 million tonnes of potential…