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Gevo breaks ground on Iowa RNG project

In the United States (US), biofuels- and biochemicals producer and process developer Gevo Inc., has announced that it has officially broken ground on its renewable natural gas (RNG) project, located in northwest Iowa (IA), which will generate RNG captured from dairy cow manure.

Gevo Inc. has officially broken ground on its renewable natural gas (RNG) project, located in northwest Iowa (IA), which will generate RNG captured from dairy cow manure (photo courtesy Gevo).

In January 2020, Gevo announced that it had contracted with three dairies to provide manure that Gevo will convert into pipeline quality biogas – renewable natural gas (RNG) for sale to off-takers or use by Gevo’s affiliate, Agri-Energy, LLC, at its biorefinery located in Luverne, Minnesota (MN).

Breaking ground on this project is an exciting step in bringing Gevo’s Net-Zero strategy closer to life. Upon completion of the project in 2022, the digesters are anticipated to generate approximately 355 000 MMBtu of RNG per year and reduce significant quantities of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from being released into the atmosphere. After the methane is extracted from the processed manure, the remaining solids will be returned to the farmers as soil nutrients for use as fertilizer. This will allow the farmers to reduce their raw manure application, which will improve odor, water quality, and nutrient management practices, said Dr Patrick Gruber, CEO of Gevo.

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