GranBio and Rhodia: Partnership in Renewable Chemicals
GranBio, São Paulo, Brazil, and Rhodia, a Solvay Group company, have signed an agreement to create a partnership to produce bio n-butanol. Bio n-butanol is made from sugar cane straw and bagasse, the same raw material that is used to manufacture second-generation ethanol and which is abundant in Brazil.
Under the partnership, the companies plan to build the world's first biomass-based n-butanol plant in Brazil, which will enter into operation in 2015. Both companies will benefit from agreements that each of them has already made with companies that own the technology.
The project is a key step for GranBio and Rhodia in the manufacturing of chemicals made from renewable sources.
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