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04-30-2012

Solvay: Development of Bio-Based Chemistry Based on Sugarcane

Solvay, Brussels, Belgium, announced that Rhodia, member of the Solvay Group, and the National Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory (CTBE) in Brazil have signed an agreement to develop chemical routes and processes to obtain molecules of a high added value from sugarcane biomass, in what is known as bio-based chemistry.

Under the agreement, research will be conducted at CTBE, backed by researchers from both parties, who will work together on the development of chemical blocks currently used in different applications and markets that the Solvay Group operates in, with a view to replacing non-renewable sources with biomass in these substances’ production processes.

The first two years of development of these technologies will be carried out on a laboratorial scale, followed by scale up efforts at CTBE’s Process Development Pilot Plant. The project will also include computational simulations at the Virtual Sugarcane Bio-refinery (BVC).

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