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Gevo halts isobutanol production at new site while it tweaks process

6:21 AM MDT | October 5, 2012 | —Rebecca Coons

Gevo (Englewood, CO) says it is reverting its Luverne, MN biorefinery to ethanol production while it works to optimize isobutanol production rates. The move is a setback for Gevo, which has been touting the technology as a way for ethanol producers to retrofit their facilities to a higher-value product with minimal investment. Gevo purchased the site in 2010 as its first commercial-scale project using the technology, and commenced isobutanol production 17 weeks ago. The company did not say when it expects to switch back to isobutanol production.“While we have...

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