Co-production of acetone from ABE to create new opportunities

19 June 2012 17:43  [Source: ICIS news]

MADRID (ICIS)--Co-production of acetone from ABE (acetone-butanol-ethanol) will create new opportunities for the petrochemical industry, said Timothy Staub, vice president of business development at UK-based biotechnology company Green Biologics, on Tuesday.

Staub, speaking at the 7th ICIS World Phenol-Acetone Conference in Madrid, Spain, said there is strong global demand for renewable chemicals and a long-term shift in production infrastructure.

“There is a fundamental shift in petrochemical production economics, brought on by volatile oil markets and the impact of shale gas cracking,” Staub said.

“Biobutanol offers unique product advantages with lower emissions and ease of transport,” he added.

He said the use of both C5 and C6 sugars is key to superior performance, and spoke of industrially-sourced cellulosic feedstocks, including bagasse from Brazil, corn cobs from China, corn stover from Europe, and pulp waste from the US and the EU.

Staub said the technology to produce butanol and co-products delivers 50% higher revenue than alternatives to ethanol production.

Green Biologics is a leader in ABE fermentation technology, focused on the commercialisation of renewable n-butanol and acetone.

The 7th ICIS World Phenol-Acetone Conference runs from 19-20 June.

By: Helena Strathearn
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