Global Bioenergies Produces its First “Second Generation” Isobutene

06/03/2015 - 2 minutes

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.

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