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Gevo investigates proprietary dehydration technology at hte

HEIDELBERG, Germany [March 1, 2022]

hte – the high throughput experimentation company - was selected in March of 2021 by Gevo Inc., a pioneer in sustainable, low-carbon biofuel and chemicals, to advance their understanding of the catalytic dehydration of biogenic isobutanol to form isobutylene. This is a key step in the chemical pathway for producing sustainable aviation fuel and high-octane renewable gasoline. The scope of the study included accelerated catalyst deactivation under a multitude of different conditions and the effect of biogenic feed impurities in a 16-fold high throughput test that mapped the impacts of relevant impurities and operating conditions.

Isobutanol dehydration under relevant conditions indicates sufficient catalyst stability at a commercial scale. hte’s high throughput systems allow for a very fast mapping of different catalysts or reaction parameters. Supported by hte’s proprietary software solutions, experiments can be executed and analyzed in a fully automated and flexible way. Consequently, the evaluation of large amount of data sets is shortened immensely which allows the customers to access knowledge very fast.

Dr. Chris Ryan, Chief Operating Officer at Gevo says, “The study at hte provided insights in the isobutanol dehydration reaction beyond Gevo’s expectations, further strengthening Gevo’s technical knowledge and capabilities as they relate to the production of renewable fuels. Thus, strengthening the successful execution of commercial-scale projects.”

Wolfram Stichert, CEO at hte, comments, “high throughput experimentation is an efficient tool to accelerate the development of new catalytic processes such as low-carbon biofuel or chemicals within a short time. Therefore, hte is proud of supporting Gevo, a pioneer in sustainable fuels.”

About hte

At hte – the high throughput experimentation company, we make R&D in the area of catalysis faster and more productive. We enable cost-effective innovations and reduced time to market for new products, thereby allowing our customers in the energy & refining, chemical & petrochemical, and environmental industries to keep ahead of the competition.

Our technology and services comprise:

  • R&D Solutions: highly efficient contract research programs at hte’s state-of-the-art laboratories in Heidelberg, Germany
  • Technology Solutions: integrated hardware and software solutions, enabling our customers to establish high throughput workflows in their own laboratories.

Our customers benefit from broad technical and scientific expertise, exceptional customer orientation, complete end-to-end solutions, and outstanding data quality. Our close ties with BASF guarantee long-term orientation and stability.

Contact for press and media enquiries
hte GmbH
Jacqueline Stalica
Marketing Communications Manager
Kurpfalzring 104, 69123 Heidelberg, Germany
T: +49 (0) 6221 - 74 97 - 290
F: +49 (0) 6221 - 74 97 – 137

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hte GmbH
Dr. Robert Henkel
Business Development Manager
Kurpfalzring 104, 69123 Heidelberg, Germany
T: +49 (0) 6221 - 74 97 - 416
F: +49 (0) 6221 - 74 97 - 137

About Gevo

Gevo’s mission is to transform renewable energy and carbon into energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons. These liquid hydrocarbons can be used for drop-in transportation fuels such as gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel, that when burned have potential to yield net-zero greenhouse gas emissions when measured across the full life cycle of the products. Gevo uses low-carbon renewable resource-based carbohydrates as raw materials, and is in an advanced state of developing renewable electricity and renewable natural gas for use in production processes, resulting in low-carbon fuels with substantially reduced carbon intensity (the level of greenhouse gas emissions compared to standard petroleum fossil-based fuels across their life cycle). Gevo also plans to take advantage of decarbonization via geological sequestration in the future. Gevo’s products perform as well or better than traditional fossil-based fuels in infrastructure and engines, but with substantially reduced greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to addressing the problems of fuels, Gevo’s technology also enables certain plastics, such as polyester, to be made with more sustainable ingredients. Gevo’s ability to penetrate the growing low-carbon fuels market depends on the price of oil and the value of abating carbon emissions that would otherwise increase greenhouse gas emissions.

Gevo believes that its proven, patented technology enabling the use of a variety of low-carbon sustainable feedstocks to produce price-competitive low-carbon products such as gasoline components, jet fuel and diesel fuel yields the potential to generate project and corporate returns that justify the build- out of a multi-billion-dollar business.

Gevo believes that the Argonne National Laboratory GREET model is the best available standard of scientific-based measurement for life cycle inventory or LCI.

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Gevo Contact for press/communications
Heather L. Manuel
Vice President of Investor Relations and Communications