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Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO)

Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) shares gained 0.71% after the renewable energy technology company announced it will partner Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to improve the energy density of some of its hydrocarbon products. The two are also to share ideas on ways to fine tune the composition of the catalysts used in Gevo’s proprietary ETO process.

GEVO Stock Performance

Shares of Gevo continue to trade in a downtrend despite the signing an agreement with LANL. The company faces an uncertain future especially on the stock dropping below $1, a minimum requirement for continued listing in the NASDAQ.

Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) has been under pressure since the start of the year as seen by the stock losing more than 80% in market value. Investor confidence on the stock is at all-time low. Industry observers are keenly waiting to see if the LANL deal is the catalyst that will help breathe life into the stock.

Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO)

LANL – GEVO Collaboration

LANL and GEVO are planning to develop a low-cost catalytic technology that is to be integrated into an existing isobutanol-to-hydrocarbons process that reportedly produces high-energy density fuels. HEDFs are currently being used by the U.S military in air and sea-launched cruise missiles.

“Currently, certain HEDFs are supplied by limited suppliers, so the DOD is interested in supporting alternative sources of these fuels, and potentially at a lower cost. The added benefit that this would be a renewable fuel that helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions is just icing on the cake,” said Dr. Patrick Gruber, Gevo’s Chief Executive Officer.

ATJ – Virgin Airlines Deal

Separately, Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) has inked a deal that paves way for it to start supplying its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to the Virgin Australia Group. The airline will be responsible for coordinating purchase, supply, and blending of ATJ into the fuel system at the Brisbane Airport. The Queensland government has already echoed its support for the arrangement which it says is the first step in the development of renewable jet fuel.

Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) is to supply the ATJ from its hydrocarbon plant in Texas. The company plans to expand its production capabilities at the Luverne Facility to meet the growing demand. Plans are also underway to obtain binding supply contracts for a combination of isobutanol and hydrocarbon products, which should be equal to the expected capacity increase.

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Successful China Test Supports Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMX) Shares

Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMX)

Shares of Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMX) gained over 40% and closed trading at $0.51 per share. The gains come one day after the company released news that the largest capacity industrial synthetic gas facility for the Aluminum Corporation of China Limited (CHALCO) (NYSE:ACH) has successfully completed performance testing – the facility operates four SGT systems. This concludes successful performance testing at all seven SGT systems installed for CHALCO.

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DeLome Fair, President and CEO of Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMX), stated “This latest milestone achievement at the largest capacity SGT project to date comes as we are in negotiations for similar and larger clean energy projects around the world. Our proprietary technology’s clean synthesis gas replaces expensive natural gas for numerous energy and chemical uses, including industrial fuel.”

Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMX) technology utilizes unpopular fuel sources including low-rank, low-cost high ash, high moisture coals, which are significantly cheaper than higher grade coals, waste coals, biomass, and municipal solid waste feedstocks. Houston, TX-based Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMX) devotes itself to generating clean, high-value energy from low-cost and low-grade coal, biomass and municipal solid waste through its proprietary technology that transforms these resources into a clean synthesis gas (syngas) and methane. Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMX)’s proprietary technology enables the production of clean, low-cost power, industrial fuel gas, chemicals, fertilizers, transportation fuels, and substitute natural gas, replacing expensive natural gas-based energy. Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMX)’s technology can also produce high-purity hydrogen for cleaner transportation fuels.

Shareholders of Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMX) have not seen rewards for some time. YTD the shares are down 64% and down over 66% for the year. Just this week the company’s shares established a new 52-week low of $0.34 and the analyst’s have a one-year price target of $1.75 which is considerable higher than the stock’s 52-week high of $1.45. Losses have plagued stockholders for the past five years. In 2012, SYMX shareholders had a per share loss of (-$0.39). The following years have seen similar losses and in 2016 the company posted a loss of (-$0.27). Sales have been on a downtrend as well. In 2014 the company posted sales of $17.5 million but for 2016 that figure was only $6 million.

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