US Solazyme and Bunge mull triglyceride oils project

06 May 2011 20:18  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based Solazyme and Bunge plan to develop microbe-derived triglyceride oils using sugarcane and may build a 100,000 tonne/year triglyceride oils plant, the company said on Friday.

Under a two-year development agreement, the companies will combine Solazyme’s algal fermentation technology and Bunge’s oil processing and milling capabilities to produce renewable triglyceride oils from sugarcane.

The development will take place at Bunge’s facility in Moema, Brazil, and at Solazyme’s laboratories in San Francisco and Campinas, Brazil.

If everything goes to plan, the triglyceride oils facility could start up in 2013, Solazyme said

In March, Solazyme and Dow Chemical announced a plan to jointly develop micro algae-derived oils for use in bio-based dielectric insulating fluids.

Solazyme is also working on developing algae-based fuels.

Solazyme is a San Francisco-based bio-products and renewable oils firm. Its stakeholders include US agribusiness firm Bunge, energy major Chevron, and consumer products firm Unilever, among others.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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