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Axens "Polynaphtha" tech selected for Gevo's Net-Zero 1 biorefinery

France-headed technology provider Axens has announced that it has been selected by US-headed advanced biofuels developer Gevo, Inc. to supply its "Polynaphtha" oligomerization technology for Gevo's Net-Zero 1 project in Lake Preston, South Dakota (SD).

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Axens has announced that it has been selected by US-headed advanced biofuels developer Gevo, Inc. to supply its “Polynaphtha” oligomerization technology for Gevo’s Net-Zero 1 project in Lake Preston, South Dakota (SD).

According to a statement, Axens scope of supply will include technology license, basic engineering, and catalyst supply for the conversion of renewable olefins into a flexible slate of renewable gasoline and jet fuel.

As we look to build our Net-Zero 1 project in South Dakota, we chose to work with Axens because of their commercial engineering, project execution, and plant support track record, based on 24 heterogeneous oligomerization references. Axens has done a great job of adapting its technology to meet our special needs to produce drop-in jet fuel and gasoline hydrocarbons from isobutanol, a process-chain we’ve been successfully running at South Hampton Resources for the past 10 years.  We expect that the experience of Axens should help to ensure the successful deployment, start-up, and operation of the hydrocarbon part of our Net-Zero 1 plant, said Dr Chris Ryan, President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Technology Officer of Gevo.

According to Axens, its “Polynaphtha” oligomerization technology provides a robust solution to convert a range of olefins into a flexible slate of drop-in, high-quality renewable fuels, including gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel, consistent with Axens commitment to help reduce the carbon intensity of the transportation fuel pool.

The technology is backed by more than thirty years of commercial heterogeneous catalyst oligomerization experience in both the refining and renewable markets.

This project represents yet another example of Axens applying its flexible technologies to the developing low-carbon fuels market. We congratulate the Gevo team on this significant milestone and are pleased to renew Axens commitment throughout the final stages of project execution, start-up, and operation, said Romain Lemoine, VP of Process Licensing, Axens Americas.

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