ADM plans to manufacture jet fuel at the Nebraska ethanol plant | Local company


ADM intends to eventually convert the ethanol produced at its Columbus plant into sustainable jet fuel.

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MATT OLBERDING Lincoln Journal Star

Archer Daniels Midland’s Columbus dry plant is part of a plan the company announced on Monday to turn ethanol into sustainable jet fuel.

ADM said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with a company called Gevo Inc. to turn ethanol into sustainable jet fuel and other renewable hydrocarbons.

Under the terms of the deal, Colorado-based Gevo would use its processing technology to transform approximately 900 million gallons of ethanol produced at ADM’s dry plants in Columbus and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as well as its complex of Decatur, Illinois, into approximately 500 million gallons of sustainable, low-carbon fuels for aviation and other industries.

The Columbus and Cedar Rapids facilities both have production capacities of around 300 million gallons per year, so it appears the plan is to devote all of their capacity to the sustainable fuels effort.

Gevo CEO Patrick Gruber said in a press release he had potential customer demand for more than 1 billion gallons of sustainable fuels.

“By working with ADM, which is already committed to reducing its carbon footprint, we have the opportunity to accelerate the scale,” Gruber said in the press release. “The technology to convert low carbon ethanol and isobutanol to (sustainable aviation fuel) by Gevo is well developed and ready for global commercialization.”

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