Global Bioenergies (Euronext Growth: ALGBE) and German carmaker Audi today announced that a key milestone was reached in their multi-year agreement. Renewable gasoline components were produced and shipped to Audi.
Using its Leuna Demo plant, Global Bioenergies has produced high-purity renewable isobutene, which was further converted by the Fraunhofer Institute into high-performance gasoline additives including isooctane, ETBE and isododecane. These e-fuels will be used in engine testing by Audi, in complement to those already performed by Global Bioenergies.
Currently, a small part of Global Bioenergies’ ton scale isobutene production is directed toward e-fuels, using Fraunhofer’s lab scale conversion unit. From the e-fuel produced, a batch of 60 litres was delivered to Audi. The e-fuel production capacity will be significantly increased in 2019 with the addition to the Leuna Demo plant of a dedicated fuel production unit, which will allow the production of renewable gasoline batches.
Marc Delcourt, CEO of Global Bioenergies declares: “We are proud to have met this milestone based on renewable isobutene-derived gasoline. Audi brings to our technology development a clear path to market perspective.”
Reiner Mangold, Head of sustainable product development at Audi declares: “The objective of the partnership with Global Bioenergies is to develop sustainable e-benzin to our customers, as a voluntary contribution of Audi to reduce the automotive carbon footprint. We are very pleased with the progress and team work with Global Bioenergies.”