Shell made its first order to Global Bioenergies, to provide volumes of bio-isobutene derivatives for performance assessment. The oil giant plans to explore the possibility of replacing current hydrocarbon-based isobutene and its derivatives with their equivalents from renewable resources, while maintaining the same level of performance.
Global Bioenergies brings ready-to-use solutions to industrialists in numerous areas. Such a switch to renewable isobutene could, in the future, allow for up to 70% less CO2 emissions compared to the hydrocarbon-based equivalent. The Frenc has focused its strategy on the bioproduction of isobutene as this molecule is one of the main building blocks in the world of chemistry. Its derivatives can be used in a wide range of sectors from cosmetics and fine chemicals to commodities and fuels. The global market of isobutene reaches 15 million tons per year.
Marc Delcourt, co-founder and CEO of Global Bioenergies, comments: “The first focus of our Pomacle production unit is to commercialize renewable isododecane in the field of cosmetics. But this unit can also serve other markets, and several prospects from various fields recently asked us for bio-isobutene and derivatives”.