The US Department of Energy’s (DoE) Argonne National Laboratory has partnered with Gevo to perform a critical lifecycle analysis of its next-generation technology.
The Colorado-based firm is a producer of energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons such as sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable premium petroleum.
Using data provided by Gevo, Argonne’s Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Technologies Model (GREET) is expected to yield results regarding carbon footprints of these fuels within a few months.
The effort is funded by the DoE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, which is part of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
“I am thrilled by this partnership and by the DoE’s investment in this project,” said Michael Wang, an Argonne Distinguished Fellow, Senior Scientist, and the Director of the Systems Assessment Centre of the Energy Systems division at the laboratory. “This is the type of real-world application GREET was made for.”
GREET’s pioneering lifecycle analysis considers a host of different fuel production pathways.
Results include energy use, emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants, and water consumption related to the production processes.
The analysis also includes results across the whole of the fuel pathway system, from capturing carbon via photosynthesis to the final burning of the fuel.
Uisung Lee, an energy systems analyst in the Systems Assessment Centre of the Energy Systems division at Argonne, added: “Gevo’s commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions with advanced renewable hydrocarbon fuels, including SAF and renewable premium gasoline made from field corn — not only in relation to the final product but in every stage of the production along the entire supply chain — will show how deep decarbonisation of biofuels can be achieved holistically.”
“Biofuels are low carbon already,” Lee said. “But Gevo wants it to be net-zero carbon. That’s an ambitious goal and one that would be a game-changer in the biofuel industry.”
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