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Biobased Chemicals

Anellotech gets validation from aromatics pilot plant

by Melody M. Bomgardner
May 10, 2019 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 97, ISSUE 19

 

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Credit: Anellotech
Anellotech's pilot plant in Texas

Anellotech says it has validated its technology to make biobased aromatic chemicals from loblolly pine biomass at its pilot plant in Silsbee, Texas. The company’s technology pretreats the woody material and converts it to aromatics in a catalytic reactor. The process yields a mixture of benzene, toluene, xylene, other distillates, and carbon monoxide. In the pilot, yields of liquid products were 22–24% by weight of the feedstock. Anellotech says it is working to raise funds for a commercial facility and also hopes to license its technology to other companies.

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