Biorefinery: Silsbee, Texas

Gevo has been operating its biorefinery at South Hampton Resources’ facility in Silsbee, Texas, since 2011. At this plant, Gevo converts isobutanol produced at its Luverne, Minn, fermentation facility into hydrocarbon products such as jet fuel, isooctane and ingredients for polyester. The facility has an input capacity of approximately 5-10 thousand gallons of isobutanol per month.

The plant was originally constructed to produce and deliver quantities of jet fuel for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Army to test in various jet platforms including GE, Honeywell, Pratt & Wittney, Rolls Royce and SNACMA.

In 2013, Gevo constructed the capability to produce para-xylene, a raw material used in the production of polyester. The Coca-Cola Company sponsored the pilot development work for this para-xylene project.

The plant is currently being operated for the dual production of jet fuel, for additional testing volumes for commercial airlines, and isooctane, for increasing demand from Europe for a high-performing renewable gasoline additive.