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09-11-2017

Bio-based chemicals one step closer to commercial breakthrough

Catalysis will be as essential in the sustainable production of chemicals from renewable feedstocks as it has always been in the production from fossil fuels. And in the near future, innovative processes along with customized catalysts and equipment could make chemicals from biomass a real commercial opportunity for producers. One such example is Topsoe’s MOSAIK™ solution.

“Our customers in the chemical industry deal with challenging market conditions on a daily basis. We intend to show that chemicals from biomass can be a commercially attractive option, even in a tough, mature market such as thermoplastic resins,” said Kim Knudsen, Executive Vice President at Haldor Topsoe.

He added: “Catalysis will play an extremely important role in the development of competitive solutions that produce important chemicals from renewable sources. We dedicate our world-leading capabilities within catalysis to accelerate the process for the good of our customers and the environment. And we really look forward to taking the next step together with Braskem.”

MOSAIK™ is at the heart of the recent partnership between Braskem, a leading producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas, and Topsoe. The aim is to develop a pioneering route to produce MEG from sugar.

With the agreement, Braskem wants to expand its portfolio of renewable products to offer new solutions that complement its bio-based polyethylene marketed with the I’m green™ seal. “With this new partnership, we strengthen our position as protagonists in the development of innovative solutions that will leverage the competitiveness of different biomasses and complement the traditional solutions offered by the petrochemical industry,” said Gustavo Sergi, director of Renewable Chemicals at Braskem.

The agreement calls for the construction of a demonstration plant in Denmark, with operation slated to begin in 2019. Topsoe will deliver a packaged solution for this project with Braskem, including catalyst and technology. The companies will combine their expertise to further develop, test and validate the process. The overall goal of the partnership is the start-up of a commercial plant in 2023.
Sponsor : Haldor Topsoe

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