Global Bioenergies was founded in 2008 with a unique goal – to develop a process converting renewable resources (sugar, crops, agricultural and forestry waste) into isobutene, one of the main petroleum derivatives.
Why use this process?
Because isobutene, one of the major building blocks of the petrochemicals industry, represents a market worth $25 billion and may one day address an additional market worth $400 billion.
In what respect was this a scientific challenge?
Because micro-organisms do not naturally produce isobutene. And it’s easy to understand why.