July 13 (Renewables Now) - French group Global Bioenergies (EPA:ALGBE) and German carmaker Audi (ETR:NSU) are starting a new programme, focused on renewable gasoline made from non-food residue feedstocks.
The two companies have been partnering since 2014 in the development of renewable components for fuels. On Thursday, Global Bioenergies said they will work together to study the regulatory landscape for the conversion of residue feedstocks such as wheat straw and wood chips into renewable gasoline, prepare the path to commercialisation with third parties, and do tests.
Global Bioenergies says its renewable gasoline can be blended into fossil gasoline at over 30% and the mix will be suitable for any gasoline engine. The large scale commercialisation is not expected to require any specific storage or distribution infrastructure.
“Our renewable gasoline combines a global environmental benefit, namely CO2 savings, with the reduction of particles formed in the combustion chambers. Thus such product is an interesting solution to cope with the Paris GHG targets and the severe emission limitations for passenger cars,” said Global Bioenergies chief executive Marc Delcourt.
The French company will deliver a renewable gasoline batch to Audi for further engine testing.
In March, Global Bioenergies announced the shipment to Audi of renewable high-performance gasoline additives including isooctane, ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE) and isododecane for engine testing as part of their earlier collaboration on e-fuels.