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Biobased Chemicals

Avantium starts producing biobased ethylene glycol

by Alex Scott
November 17, 2019 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 97, ISSUE 45

 

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Credit: Avantium
Avantium gave a tour of its new pilot plant earlier this month.

The Dutch process technology firm Avantium has started up a 10-metric-ton-per-year demonstration facility in Chemie Park Delfzijl, the Netherlands, for making the basic chemical ethylene glycol from renewable sugars. The plant, which cost close to $22 million to build, will employ up to 20 people. The biobased ethylene glycol is cost competitive with the fossil fuel–derived alternative, Avantium says.

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