Gevo process offers ‘low-cost’ isoprene from waste bio-oils

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…

To read more,please login or register below.

This is the first step to more free
content, user offers, subscriptions
and more.
Log in here using the Email Address
and Password you signed up with