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Novamont & Genomatica made a joint venture of first European industrial plant for biobased BDO

January 30/2012

(plast-world) -- Genomatica, a San Diego based producer of green chemicals has entered into a joint venture with leading bioplastics producer Novamont for the first industrial plant in Europe producing butanediol (BDO) directly from renewable feedstocks.

Novamont plans to use the biobased BDO for the synthesis of its biodegradable polyester Origo-Bi instead of the BDO currently in use that is derived from fossil fuels. In the future, the technology platform based on BDO may also be used for the formulation of new bioplastics. Novamont will have a majority of the equity in the newly formed joint venture, and Genomatica a minority interest.

Under the agreement, Novamont is converting the existing Bioitalia amino acids plant in Adria, Italy into a facility to produce biobased BDO using the process developed by Genomatica.

If all goes according to schedule, the plant, which has a projected capacity of around 20,000 tons/yr, should start producing bio-BDO by the middle of 2013.The performance of biobased BDO meets the standards set for petroleum-based BDO and lifecycle analyses show that its production consumes close to 60% less energy than acetylene-based BDO.

Author:Anna Larionova
Category:General News
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