Rhodia, Cobalt to build biobutanol demonstration unit in Brazil

01 August 2012 14:54  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Rhodia and Cobalt Technologies have agreed to jointly develop a biobutanol demonstration facility in Brazil, they said on Wednesday.

The facility is part of a plan to eventually build commercial-scale biorefineries that will convert Brazilian bagasse and other non-food feedstock into bio n-butanol, the French specialty chemicals producer and the US technology firm said in a joint statement.

Work on the demonstration plant will begin in August, with operational testing expected to be completed by mid-2013, the companies said.

"This agreement puts us on a clear path towards commercialisation, which will result in the development of the first commercial-scale biorefinery using bagasse as a feedstock for the production of biobutanol," said Bob Mayer, CEO of Cobalt Technologies

The companies did not disclose financial details and they did not say where in Brazil the plant will be located.

Rhodia is part of Belgium-headquartered chemicals group Solvay.

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