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Renewable Base Oils Make Their Debut

by Melody M. Bomgardner
June 1, 2015 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 93, ISSUE 22

Novvi, a joint venture between biobased chemicals firm Amyris and Brazilian agriculture company Cosan, says it will begin selling two 100% renewable oil products derived from sugar. The oils—a poly-α-olefin and another base oil—are targeted for use in mass-market products including lubricants and motor oils. Traditional poly-α-olefins are made from ethylene; the Novvi product is made by oligomerizing and hydrogenating farnesene, a biobased C15 molecule made by Amyris.

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