The public knew for since the 1990’s that the oil reserves wouldn’t last forever. During that time many companies began to look for alternatives. One was Biotechnica. After years of development, in 2007, they created the T. Megasauvis grain, a high sugar grain that could be processed into a complex grain alcohol called CHOOH2. Its potential was recognized almost immediately, and within in a few years a majority of all fuel burning vehicles and power plants had been converted to the new fuel.
Although it held the world wide patents for its gentically engineered crops, it lacked the resources to mass refine the crops into CHOOH2. So instead, it sold exclusive licensing agreements to petrochemical and agri-business companies for billions of dollars. Most of the crop is grown and refined by Petrochem and SovOil, accounting for about 90% of world production between the two of them.
Although Biotechnica is extremely wealthy, it remains a relativley small company. It devotes most of its money to research and development in search of the next big biotechnology breakthrough. Biotechnica is based in Rome, Italy and has regional offices in London, Bonn, Paris, and Night City.