June 12, 2013

Bio-BDO commercialization race is on

Sooo many news today! Here's a big one from Myriant about its bio-butanediol (BDO) announcement with engineering and chemical technology licensing company Johnson Matthey-Davy Technologies (JM Davy). I'll post a separate one about cellulosic sugar producer Renmatix and its partnership with Finnish pulp and paper company UPM.

Myriant said it has successfully produced commercial-grade biobased BDO and tetrahydrofuran (THF) at JM Davy's facility at Teesside, England, using bio-succinic acid supplied by Myriant and processed with the JM Davy BDO/THF production technology.

The biobased BDO produced reportedly has an overall carbon efficiency of 87%, which Myriant said is substantially better than the carbon efficiency achieved in the direct fermentation route to bio-BDO. The products including THF and gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) are also said to be competitive from a cost and quality point of view compared to petroleum-based BDO/THF/GBL.

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