June 15, 2011

Bioplastic bottle update: Virent, Gevo, Avantium

The blog saw a lot of interests in our post about green PET bottle in March. Fortunately, we seem to have several recent news connecting to renewable-based PET again so let's analyze some of them here:

The one big news that we have is Virent's announcement that it was able to produce sugar-based paraxylene (PX) at one of its pilot facility in Madison,Wisconsin. For a 100% bio-PET manufacture, here is a crude flowchart that I made on potential bio-based chemicals suppliers within the chain. Of course, there are several other companies out there that are probably developing similar technologies but these are the ones in my radar so far.

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