Gevo Inc (NASDAQ:GEVO) has said it and Praj Industries Ltd will collaborate on providing renewable, low carbon, low particulate, Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and renewable premium gasoline in India and neighboring countries.
Gevo said it will license its technology and Praj will provide plant equipment and services to sugar mills and ethanol plants to produce renewable isobutanol from 1G feedstock (cane juice, cane molasses, sugar syrup, etc) and 2G feedstock (cellulosic biomass like straws, bagasse, etc). The renewable isobutanol will be aggregated and transferred to various refineries.
Using Gevo’s technology, Praj will also provide plant equipment and services to refineries for converting renewable isobutanol into Sustainable Aviation Fuel and premium gasoline through the ASTM-approved pathway of Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ).
Particle air pollution in South Asia ranks among the most severe in the world. In India alone, hundreds of millions of people are exposed to levels greater than World Health Organization guidelines. The use of SAF, blended with aviation turbine fuel, can contribute significantly to mitigating the risk associated with such air pollution.
Gevo said that SAF should find applications in commercial aviation as well as in the defense sector in India. Praj and Gevo have supplied a sample of SAF to the Indian Air Force (IAF), which tested the sample and found it to meet the desired specifications, with further tests underway.
“Jet fuel and gasoline made with our technology are made from renewable resources, reduce greenhouse gasses, and eliminates particulates,” Gevo CEO Patrick Gruber said in a statement.
“We are pleased to be working with Praj, moving down the commercialization path and that the Indian Air Force has the vision to see that the domestic supply of jet fuel makes sense. We also recognize that products like ours have the potential to reduce air pollution.”
Pramod Chaudhari, Praj’s executive chairman, said combining technologies from both companies “will create a winning solution to address the growing need for sustainable decarbonization. This will also help India in achieving energy security, reducing import bill and meeting climate change goals.”
Under the terms of the binding, definitive Master Framework Agreement, Gevo said the license it is providing to Praj will allow it to carry out basic engineering and design package services, supply equipment, build plants and use jointly developed process design package to produce renewable isobutanol for plant operators who are licensed by Gevo.
In addition, Gevo’s license will allow Praj to carry out basic engineering and design package services, supply equipment and build plants to convert renewable isobutanol into renewable gasoline and SAF for plant operators who are licensed by Gevo.
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