Genomatica produces bio-based butadiene

Genomatica produces bio-based butadiene

2:02 AM, 23rd August 2011
Genomatica produces bio-based butadiene

 

SAN DIEGO, US: Genomatica has successfully produced pound quantities of butadiene made from renewable feedstocks. This achievement confirms the technical viability of Genomatica’s bio-based manufacturing process for the dedicated, on-purpose production of butadiene. Global demand is forecasted to be over 20 billion pounds in 2011, or approximately $40 billion based on June 2011 prices.

Genomatica’s accomplishment comes at a time of increasing scarcity and rising costs of C3 and C4 chemical products worldwide. Butadiene is primarily produced today as a by-product of ethylene cracking. The shift toward greater use of lighter feedstocks has resulted in production of significantly less C3 and C4 chemicals. Decreasing supplies and lack of current options for on-purpose butadiene production have resulted in a many-fold increase in price of butadiene.

Genomatica’s processes enable the production of the exact same chemicals, like butadiene, that are used in worldwide supply chains, but made using renewable feedstocks.  

Butadiene will be Genomatica’s second commercial process from renewable feedstocks after butanediol (BDO) for commercial production. The company plans to use its proprietary technology platform to improve process performance and economics.

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