Renewable Matter # 12 / September-October

Sugar is Better than Oil

The newly opened industrial plant in Bottrighe will produce 30,000 tonnes of bio-butanediol a year. It will be produced without using a single drop of oil, thanks to a bacterium which will operate as a totally organic and renewable nano-refinery. This represents a new world record for Italian green chemistry.


C4H10O2. This is the formula of 1,4-Butanediol, a chemical compound derived from butane, a colourless gas which is obtained through fractional distillation of oil and natural gas. It is a fossil-derived liquid, widely used as a solvent and for the production of plastics, elastic fibres – such as spandex – and polyurethan. It is also used in...

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