Leveraging the same hydrocarbons technology that Gevo uses to convert isobutanol to jet fuel, Gevo also produces isooctane, or renewable gasoline. Whereas isobutanol can be used as a blendstock for a finished gasoline (with Gevo targeting isobutanol blends of 12.5% to 16%), the balance of such finished fuels is typically comprised of petroleum-based products. Gevo is looking to replace such petroleum-based products with its renewable isooctane. This would enable extremely high renewable content in gasoline, approaching almost 100% of the gasoline, while not sacrificing the performance of such fuels.
The market interest in renewable carbon-based fuels is increasing. Certain markets in Europe already place significant value on low carbon fuels, and other markets are moving in this direction, including parts of the U.S., such as California. Gevo believes its isooctane has the ability to address such demand successfully both from a performance, as well as a production cost standpoint. Given Gevo’s isooctane is virtually identical (chemically) to petro-isooctane, this should cause minimal adoption hurdles for the fuel.