Global Bioenergies


Global Bioenergies starts scale-up of a second process

Evry (France), 12 December 2017 - Global Bioénergies, with whom ARD already has a partnership for the production of isobutene, a 4-carbon compound, from which fuels and materials are derived, announced the start of the scale-up phase of a process converting renewable resources into acetone and isopropanol. 

These two 3-carbon (C3) compounds that are extensively used in a wide range of industries (solvents, materials, cosmetics). These compounds can subsequently be converted into propylene, a key molecule in the plastics industry.

This innovative process is based on converting renewable resources by fermentation using bacterial strains with an engineered cellular metabolism.

The “C3 process” has been transferred to ARD, a company installed on the Pomacle-Bazancourt agro-industrial site, which specialises in scaling up fermentation processes. A first fermentation run was successfully completed.

Yvon le Hénaff, CEO of ARD said: “This first C3 process scale-up run has enabled the successful production of a mix of acetone and isopropanol at kilogram scale. We could reach ton scale production as early as 2018.”

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