We already presented Global Bioenergies in our article “Is France leading the European Synthetic Biology-based Biofuel field?“, but as a reminder the company is developing a process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbons (more specifically isobutene, a building blocks that can be converted into fuels, plastics, organic glass and elastomers) through fermentation. Global Bioenergies annouced having produced “second generation” isobutene, in a push to diversify accessible feedstock towards cheaper resources.
As a first step to manufacture bio-sourced isobutene, Global Bioenergies has been using first generation feedstock, such as wheat-derived glucose, to set-up and optimize its bio-isobutene process. However, the process was designed to be versatile in terms of feedstock. With the right technical adaptations, it would indeed be well suited to the usage of non-edible resources – widely defined as “second generation” – such as wheat straw, corn stover, sugar cane bagasse or even wood chips.
According to Thomas Buhl, Head of Business development at Global Bioenergies: “Accessing second generation feedstocks strengthens the stunning perspective of our isobutene process to being massively used in the mid-term for the manufacturing of transportation fuels such as gasoline and jet fuel.