December 29, 2012

World's first bio-succinic acid plant

I can finally post this news which came out on December 13 about the start-up of the world's first large-scale bio-succinic acid plant in Cassano Spinola, Italy, operated by Reverdia, the joint venture between DSM and Roquette Freres.

The facility, which uses a yeast-based fermentation process, has a 10,000 tonnes/year capacity producing a plant-based succinic acid marketed under the brand Biosuccinium™. If the blog remembers correctly, the facility initially use starch derivatives for feedstock and will switch to cellulosic biomass in the longer term.

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