19 October 2011 17:05 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Cobalt Technologies plans to work with French speciality chemicals firm Rhodia on developing bio-based n-butanol refineries in South America, the ?xml:namespace>
In a first step, the partners plan to build a pilot project to demonstrate Cobalt's technology to convert of sugar cane bagasse into n-butanol, it said.
After that, Cobalt and Rhodia plan to build “multiple biorefineries” co-located with sugar mills – first in
Capacities, timelines and financial details were not disclosed.
California-based Cobalt is a bio-based chemicals firm focused on a technology platform for the production of n-butanol from non-food feedstocks. In April, Cobalt announced plans to develop a cellulosic biorefinery to produce biobutanol at a site in
France-based Rhodia is an international speciality chemicals producer. Last year, it announced plans for a project to use bagasse-based biomass to generate electricity at a cogeneration power plant in
Rhodia is part of
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