NatureWorks advances methane-to-lactic acid | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 11 | p. 15 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 14, 2016

NatureWorks advances methane-to-lactic acid

Department: Business
Keywords: biobased chemicals, lactic acid, polylactic acid, fermentation

The polylactic acid producer NatureWorks has opened a $1 million lab at its Minnetonka, Minn., headquarters devoted to commercializing the fermentation of methane into lactic acid, the firm’s main raw material. NatureWorks currently gets lactic acid via sugar fermentation but says the new process, based on a collaboration with Calysta, could diversify its feedstock base and save money. It wants to build a $50 million demonstration plant within the next six years.

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