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Bio–Based Isobutene Linde to Build Bio–Based Isobutene Pilot Plant for Global Bioenergies

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

Global Bioenergies plans a second pilot plant for the production of isobutene from renewable feedstocks – Industrial gases specialist Linde will provide the design of the facility at a refinery site in Eastern Germany.

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Linde design a pilot plant for the production of isobutene from renewable feedstocks for French Global Bioenergies
Linde design a pilot plant for the production of isobutene from renewable feedstocks for French Global Bioenergies
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Evry/France; Munich/Germany – French based Global Bioenergies is a pioneer in the development of processes to convert renewable resources into light olefins, the key building blocks of the petrochemical industry. Its most advanced program is focused on the production of isobutene, a molecule with a multi-billion US Dollar market that cannot be accessed through the cheap C2 fraction of shale gas and natural gas.

The company recently announced the choice of the Leuna refinery site for its second industrial pilot, for which the German ministry of research committed a €5.7m grant. Global Bioenergies recently strengthened its deployment in Germany by setting-up a subsidiary in Leipzig and signing a partnership on renewable gasoline with Audi.

Isobutene – Attractive Feedstock for Chemicals

Now, the French chose Linde to carry out the design of this industrial pilot. Markus Wolperdinger, Vice President Biotechnology Plants at Linde's Engineering Division, declares: “We regard isobutene as a very attractive gaseous molecule for a wide range of applications in chemical and industrial products. We are delighted to be chosen as Engineering Company for Global Bioenergies' second pilot plant. For the chemical site of Leuna, this project means a further strengthening of its outstanding position as a center for the commercialization of innovative biotechnological processes”

Richard Bockrath, Vice President Chemical Engineering at Global Bioenergies, adds: “Several large and recognized industrialists now constitute our sphere of collaborators: Cristal Union, Synthos, Audi, Arkema, and now Linde, a great leader in industrial gases. I expect that accessing Linde’s immense technology expertise will be a key factor of success in bringing our process to the market.”

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