The upgrade will enable the facility located in Luverne to become the world’s first commercial-scale biobased isobutanol plant.

The upgrade work will be complete next year at the plan, which was purchased from Agri-Energy in 2010.

The plant has an isobutanol production capacity of 18 million gallons per year.

Gevo CEO Patrick Gruber said Isobutanol can be used to make a variety of everyday products such as rubber, plastics and fuel, and it can also help displace our country’s dependency on petroleum.

Gruber said "Through this retrofit, Gevo is providing a high-value product that supports our nation’s agriculture industry."