Part of the: ‘Biobased Chemicals Showcase’ (organised in cooperation with BioVale)

Acetone-Butanol-Ethanol ABE fermentation as a global sustainable industry enabling large scale sustainable production of bio-based solvents

Featured Presenter:

Mark SimmersCEO - Celtic Renewables Ltd

Time & Location

Thursday: 11.00 to 12.20, Stage 4

About this presentation / session:

Celtic Renewables Vision is to be the world leader in Acetone-Butanol-Ethanol ABE fermentation as a global sustainable industry, which will lead to large scale sustainable production of these bio-based solvents which displace the fossil fuel equivalents. The presentation will outline the current status of the company’s cleantech solution and the ambitious growth plans for the future.

Session Overview:

Biobased Chemicals Showcase – organised in cooperation  with BioVale

Session Host: Anna Zhenova, CEO of Green Rose Chemistry

In this session BioVale and Green Rose Chemistry are showcasing some of the UK’s leading green and bio-based chemicals sector SME and start-up companies.

This ‘flash-talk’ session will introduce a diverse and innovative range of products, processes and services that offer greener and more sustainable alternatives for the industry.

Format of session: Introduction by Green Rose Chemistry (5mins) followed by 5 minute ‘flash talks’ from 10 further innovators:


Featured companies/innovations include:

    • Sustainable chemistry intelligence to help innovative companies develop truly green products and processes for a renewable, circular bioeconomy (Green Rose Chemistry)
    • Biodegradable, sustainable solutions for separating one entity from another (Starbons)
    • Raw materials – redesigning basic oil properties for better performance of the finished lubricants (Nuspec Oil)
    • Acetone-Butanol-Ethanol ABE fermentation as a global sustainable industry enabling  large scale sustainable production of  bio-based solvents (Celtic Renewables)
    • Converting discarded plant biomass into a variety of valuable biochemicals, biopolymers and biofuels (Nova Pangaea Technologies)
    • Innovative biomass fractionation process using low-cost, environmentally friendly solvents, namely liquid salts or ionic liquids (Lixea)
    • Developing novel approaches to the extraction of active molecules from plant sources for existing and novel applications (Keracol)
    • Fiberight – the waste refinery (Fiberight)
    • Commercialising biosurfactants for use in environmentally friendly home and personal care products (Holiferm)
    • Biobased adhesive as an alternative to formaldehyde urea resin for wood panel industry (Cambond)
    • Clean and green separation of low-value wood chips and plant matter into high-value biochemicals (Bio-Sep)

Presenter Bio:

Mark is an entrepreneur and commercialisation specialist with over 25 years of international experience in sales, marketing and business development. In 2011 Mark graduated from the highly prestigious Saltire Foundation Global Entrepreneurial Fellowship Programme, which included a fast-track MBA programme at Babson College, Boston USA.

Mark helped to co-found Celtic Renewables in late 2011, and has been the company’s CEO since its inception leading the growth of the company, which has seen the company raise almost £40m to scale up its patented technology and to establish the company’s first commercial manufacturing plant.

Mark has won numerous investment and business awards on behalf of Celtic Renewables, and has built a strong and dynamic team at the company. Celtic Renewables is widely regarded as one of the most innovative new renewables companies in the UK.  In a relatively short existence it has generated an exceptional global profile and awareness for sustainable biochemicals and biofuel innovation, and in 2015 the company was named European Biotech SME of the year and Emerging Scottish Business of the Year.

Mark started out his career with the International Management Group in London working with a team commercialising and managing the global golf assets of IMG. Mark founded and managed his own events and promotions company in Scotland from 2001-07, and was CEO of the British Ski and Snowboard Federation from 2007-09.