AKRON —Goodyear has struck a deal with Visolis Inc., Hayward, Calif.-based company that uses synthetic biology to manufacture high-performance, carbon-negative materials, to supply it with bio-based isoprene, a building block for polyisoprene, a polymer used in tire manufacturing.
"We believe that innovation and collaboration is key to making progress along our sustainability journey and helping us achieve our goals, including net-zero value chain emissions by 2050," Chris Helsel, senior vice president for global operations and chief technology officer for Goodyear, said.
"By working with companies like Visolis, we are able to continue to learn, innovate and help build a better future."
Isoprene typically is formed from the refinement of crude oil, then a catalyst is added to form polyisoprene. However, Visolis uses proprietary technology to generate isoprene from bio-waste, such as "lignocellulosic" feedstocks.
These non-edible biomass and agricultural materials have the potential to greatly reduce the traditional carbon production footprint for isoprene, according to Visolis.