Bayer, Dow agree biodiesel technology licensing deal

08 December 2009 17:05  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Bayer and Dow Chemical on Tuesday announced a licensing agreement for the worldwide marketing of Bayer’s new biodiesel production technology.

Developed by Bayer Technology Services, BayFAME was a continuous process for the esterification of free fatty acids (FFA) to biodiesel based on Dow’s AMBERLYST BD20 catalyst, the companies said.

With the technology, producers would be able, for the first time, to turn any FFA-containing feedstock into fatty acid methylester (FAME biodiesel) - without worrying about yield loss, acids and waste, they said.

“Whether customers want to use a specific feedstock like different types of animal fat, used cooking oil, trap grease, jatropha, 100 weight percent FFA, or want to achieve a maximum flexibility in feedstock, we have the solution to get the competitive advantage and flexibility to succeed in a world of volatile oil and raw material prices,” said Susanne Mueller, head of engineering biomass conversion at Bayer Technology Services.

Bayer's partner in the licensing deal is Dow unit Dow Water & Process Solutions. Financial or other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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