The potential of bringing bio-based gasoline to commercial markets is one that has long been discussed as a significant revenue opportunity. Now French basedGlobal Bioenergiesare to join forces withSwedish corporationsPreem, SekabandSveaskogin theirattemptto bring this dream to reality inSweden and beyond. The consortiumare undergoing strategies to launch their first plant in Sweden to form theBio-Based Gasoline Projectwhich will also be supported by theSwedish Energy Agency. This collaboration hopes to mark a new step towards a sustainable and commercially viable gasoline for the future.
The gasoline project is based on Global Bioenergies’ technological innovation which will turn forest resources into gasoline fuel. The process converts the wood derived sugars into high-performance gasoline. This venture will be sustainably sourced and combine strengths of these three businesses from production, to blending and finally to retailing.
Founded in 2008, the French based Global Bioenergies (@GlobalBioenergi) was and remains today one of the first worldwide companies to have developeda process that converts renewable resources into hydrocarbons through fermentation. The business has now begun todevelop their innovation on a commercial scale and has looked to Sweden, a country known for itscorporate social responsibility (CSR) culture.In 2013, Sweden topped the RobecoSAM Country Sustainability Ranking, which ranks 59 countries based on 17 environmental, social and governance indicators. And in 2011 the Swedish government created an initiative to invest in new environmental technology to sustainably grow the countrys wealth; to create the conditions for green-based businesses to thrive in and to make it easier to commercialise innovations.
For Marc Delcourt, CEO of Global Bioenergies this means a greater scope for new markets: The diversification of feedstock has always been central to the development of our Isobutene technology as it opens new territories and markets to our process. Following a first plant project in France based on sugar-beet we are delighted to now work at its deployment downstream of the Swedish forestry industry.
With Sweden home to 30 million hectares of forest, it is the logical home for kind of business development to take advantage of their abundants sources of bio-mass.
The collaboration will begin talks over the next few months where the three companies will study a range of plant scenarios to convert forestry products and residues into bio-isooctane, a 100-octane rating, bio-based gasoline derived from bio-isobutene.
Swedish company Sveaskog (@)is the countrys largest forest owner and sells sawlogs, pulpwood and biofuel. Their primary aim is to launch forestry operations whilst developing new business opportunities for wood products and materials.
Sustainability is at the core of Sveaskog’s business; they own SEK 350 billion worth of land and produce approximately SEK 6 billion in sales. Ann-Britt Edfast, R&D Manager at Sveaskog says: Sveaskogs priority is to develop new uses for forest biomass. Our assessment is that forest resources will play a crucial role in the green transition to a fossil-free society. The value chain developed here is of particular interest for Sveaskog since it can use a range of forestry derived by-products and targets a drop-in molecule.
Sekab (@SEKABcom) is Swedens leading ethanol producer. In order to contribute to a sustainable future, their production and importation of ethanol is being converted into biofuels and green chemicals. They create a series of products like windscreen washer fluid, vinegar, perfumes and cleaning products which are usually made from oil can with great benefit to the climate instead be produced from renewable ethanol. SEKABs technology is ranked among the top five globally.
Meanwhile, Preem is the countrys largest producer of fuel and is conscious of their long-term sustainability goals. With their refining capacity of more than 18 million m of crude oil every year, they have outlined a vision to lead the transformation to a sustainable society.
Stefan Nystrom, Business Development Engineer at Preem states that: The ability to produce drop-in, high performance bio-based gasoline in Sweden from residuals of the Swedish forestry is a central brick in our strategy and commitment to the environment. This partnership offers an entirely new technical solution to produce well known, high performance molecules such as isooctane and to establish a new bridge between our countrys forest and our consumers need for sustainable energy sources.
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