The biotech start-up Global Bioenergies claims to have developed a process for the production of biobased isobutene, one of the main building blocks of chemistry, whose derivatives are used in cosmetics, fine chemicals, commodities, and fuels.
Isobutene is a high-value gaseous alkene used as a fuel additive and a chemical building block. Researchers at The University of Manchester collaborating with the biotech start-up Global Bioenergies detail a breakthrough in the production of biobased isobutene via a modified mevalonate pathway from glucose.
The car maker Audi and the biotech start-up Global Bioenergies recently announced a milestone test for a renewable gasoline blend (termed e-benzin) containing over 34%of two isobutene-derived compounds produced by Global Bioenergies.
Global Bioenergies new demonstration plant in Germany ready to produce biobased isobutene [Registered]
The biotech start-up Global Bioenergies has completed the construction of its demonstration plant in Leuna in eastern Germany for the production of biobased isobutene.
IBN-One, a subsidiary of the biotech-start-up Global Bioenergies and beet sugar producer Cristal Union recently announced the award of the first engineering contract for its bio-isobutene plant in France to Technip and IPSB for the front-end engineering design (FEED).
Fraunhofer Center partners with Global Bioenergies to develop gasoline additive from sugar [Registered]
Fuel additives such as isooctane have so far been produced from mineral oil. the Researchers at the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna, Germany, working with the French biotech start-up Global Bioenergies will soon be producing biobased additives for gasoline. The source is bio-isobutene, which is produced from sugar via the Global Bioenergies proprietary technology.
The bio-isobutene plant is expected to have a capacity of 50,000 tonnes and will be operational by 2019. It will be sited at one of Cristal Union’s sugar beet factories
The research, led by Professor Yong Wang is published online in the Journal of the American Chemical Society The researchers have been granted a U.S. patent.
According to Cristal Union, IBN-One provides a bridge between the sugar and petrochemicals industry. The development of market share for renewable isobutene has opened up new prospects for French agriculture and dovetails with the policy of increasing beet-growing areas planned by Cristal Union with the end of sugar quotas looming in September 2017.