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More off-take bio deal with Vinmar

Vinmar is on a roll when it comes to doing off-take supply deals in the renewables sector. After the BioAmber bio-succinic acid deal, Vinmar recently announced that it has signed a 20-year contract for 19 billion pounds of AirCarbon PHA from Newlight Technologies.

The Vinmar contract provides for the sale of 100% of AirCarbon PHA from Newlight’s planned 50 million pound/year production facility (where?) for 20 years. The contract will also cover 100% of the output from a 300 million pound/year facility, and a 600 million pound/year planned facility. AirCarbon PHA production will be ramped up in 3 phases, and contract maybe expanded by mutual agreements to cover additional AirCarbon production up to 19 billion pounds over 2o years.

AirCarbon is a PHA-based thermoplastic made from greenhouse gas with applications being developed in a wide range of products such as films, caps, closures, furniture, electronic accessories, bottles, etc. AirCarbon is produced by combining a high-yield biocatalyst with air and captured methane-based greenhouse gas emissions to produce a bio-based AirCarbon thermoplastic material that is reportedly cost-competitive with petroleum-derived thermoplastics.

From what I have reported at Tecnon OrbiChem’s Bio-Materials newsletter in the past, Newlight Technologies has around 100,000 lb/year PHA production at its California facility.  Newlight’s microorganism-based biocatalyst reportedly generates a polymer conversion yield that is over nine times higher than previous methane-to-PHA conversion technologies.

The question is, how much is the company’s current PHA price and how low can it go with an initial commercial production of 50 million lbs/year? Other PHA polymers have reportedly been sold at around $5-6/kg. Newlight Technologies recently delivered its first commercial volume shipment of its AirCarbon PHA to computer manufacturer, Dell. It can be used as a stand-alone material or incorporated into existing materials such as Dell’s LLDPE bags. Tecnon OrbiChem published a comprehensive Chemical Profile on PHA for its January 2015 issue.

Newlight Dell

Newlight Technologies’ first commercial volume shipment of AirCarbon PHA to Dell



About Doris de Guzman

Will Green Chemistry save the world or is it hype? Doris de Guzman examines alternative processing, new technology, R&D and other sustainability initiatives aimed at preventing pollution; replacing ingredients; and using renewable feedstocks in Green Chemistry. She has been covering the oleochemicals market for 15 years and spread her beat to inorganics, biofuels and green chemistry.


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