Global Bioenergies receives payment for converting sugar from wheat straw into bio-isobutene

April 10, 2019 |

In France, Global Bioenergies received a payment of EUR2.2 million for the OPTISOCHEM project supported by the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU) the public-private sector partnership between the European Union and the Bio-Based Industries Consortium (BIC) under the European Horizon 2020 program.

Global Bioenergies has successfully converted sugars from wheat straw into bio-isobutene at demo plant scale: Clariant, a partner on the supply side of the consortium, has used its Sunliquid® technology to produce sugar-rich hydrolysates from wheat straw, which were then converted into isobutene in Global Bioenergies’ demo plant located in Leuna, Germany. This isobutene is then itself dedicated to be converted by chemistry specialist INEOS, also a member of the OPTISOCHEM project, into polymers and oligomers that can be used in any number of high-performance applications, particularly in cosmetics.

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