Gevo – RNG Generation
Fueling the Future
About the Company:
Gevo is commercializing the next generation of renewable gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel with the potential to achieve zero carbon emissions, addressing the market need of reducing greenhouse gas emissions with sustainable alternatives.
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 lifecycle). Gevo’s products perform as well or better than traditional fossil-based fuels in infrastructure and engines, but with substantially reduced 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.
About the Solution:
Gevo generates renewable natural gas, or RNG, by collecting manure from dairy farms. This concept fits in with their philosophy of addition by subtraction: They simultaneously seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) as they figure out ways to generate usable renewable energy from the process.
By installing anaerobic digesters on dairy farms, Gevo will capture vast quantities of manure generated in an enclosed structure. Using complex microbial communities to break down the manure, the digesters capture the methane gas that would otherwise go into the atmosphere. This biogas is an energy source that comes from natural processes that have captured carbon from the atmosphere.
Every Btu of RNG and every gallon of energy-dense liquids, including sustainable aviation and renewable gasoline, and even every pound of green hydrogen, that Gevo expects to sell into the market could eliminate the equivalent of the fossil fuels burned. Gevo is developing plans to use biogas, utilizing an on-site anerobic digester to heat or otherwise power its production facility.
Gevo’s energy-dense liquids and RNG products are being designed to store renewable energy in ways that it can be readily adapted to today’s vehicles, aircraft, boilers, furnaces, and fuel transportation and storage infrastructure. The goal is to achieve net-zero carbon emissions.
Solution Strengths, Weaknesses and Critical Indicators
Anaerobic Digester Associated Technology:
NOTE: There are several technology types that are used as part of an integrated manure management system that includes an anaerobic digester and are not applicable to manure management in other cases. The impact of these technologies on the critical indicators are represented as those of an entire anaerobic digester system.
- Long usable life and can be run reliably
- Creates energy and generates environmental credits
- Requires proper preparation of the feedstock
- Requires other technologies for energy utilization
- Requires other technologies for digestate handling
- Proper feeding & system monitoring is required to avoid system downtime
- Proven technology for odor control, GHG reduction and pathogen reduction
Gevo has recently been added to the Newtrient catalog. Newtrient will continue to work with Gevo to further refine the cost and performance information on their solutions. Newtrient will update this entry as more information becomes available and as new commercial dairy installations come online.
1. OPERATIONAL HISTORY