Global Bioenergies

Global Bioenergies is a French company producing light liquid hydrocarbons derived from agricultural products using biological methods.


The company was founded in 2008 by Marc Delcourt and Philippe Marlière.[1]

The pilot plant came on stream in May 2015.[2] The company announced production of one tonne of bio-isobutene from 3.84 tonnes of sugars.[3]


Created in the Évry Génopole Biocluster in the Essonne department in France, Global Bioenergies operated a demo plant in the ARD (Agro-industrie Recherche et Développements) research and development structure BioDemo pilot in Pomacle-Bazancourt.[4] A pilot is under construction at the Leuna refinery in Germany[5] and is scheduled to come on stream during 2016.[6] Global Bioenergies also founded IBN-One, a joint-venture with Cristal Union, to install a plant in France, which should be operational in 2018.[6]


The first process developed is the production of mehtylpropene (also called isobutene or isobutylene) from glucose, according to a process developed in 2010.[7] The bacteria involved in the transformation process carry artificial enzymatic material developed through genetic engineering.

Global Bioenergies subsequently agreed a partnership with Audi to produce fuel from the same elementary building blocks as plants (water, hydrogen, carbon dioxide and day light).[8]


  1. ^ "Historique". (in French). Retrieved 14 September 2015..
  2. ^ Johann Corric (2 June 2015). "Global Bioenergies : vers un modèle d'industrialisation original". (in French)..
  3. ^ Corric, Johann (30 July 2015). "Global Bioenergies améliore le rendement de sa technologie". (in French)..
  4. ^ Claire Faure (29 May 2015). "Chimie verte : ARD inaugure ses nouveaux bâtiments à Pomacle Bazancourt". (in French). Archived from the original on 16 September 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015..
  5. ^ Thierry Lucas (21 November 2013). "Global Bioenergies va construire un pilote de bioproduction d'isobutène en Allemagne". (in French). Retrieved 15 September 2015..
  6. ^ a b Thierry Lucas (22 May 2015). "Global Bioenergies et Cristal Union s'associent pour produire 50 000 tonnes par an d'isobutène biosourcé". (in French). Retrieved 15 September 2015..
  7. ^ "French Firm Prototypes Process for Producing Isobutene from Glucose". 7 October 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2015..
  8. ^ "Audi and Global Bioenergies develop "e-benzin" without the use of petroleum". 1 June 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2015..