October 10, 2013

Segetis starts levulinic acid pilot production

The blog has always been intrigued with levulinic acid, which is considered by the US Department of Energy (DOE) as one of the top biomass-based chemical building blocks. However, it seems there are not many companies (as far as the blog knows) that are developing further commercialization potential for this building block with the exception of Segetis and Biofine Technology LLC in the US, and Green Future S.R.L based in Coserta, Italy.

Segetis recently announced that it has successfully started its pilot plant facility in Golden Valley, Minnesota, demonstrating the viability of its proprietary process to convert biomass to levulinic acid. The pilot plant has a nameplate capacity of 80 metric tons/year and currently uses corn sugar as feedstock although the company said its process has broad capability and is intended to be used to explore many other feedstocks as Segetis' technology develops.

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