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Green Biologics starts bio-butanol plant construction

It’s 4am Italy time and yes, this is as good time as any to blog before I leave back to NYC this morning. I had a great time visiting GF Biochemicals here in Caserta and will blog about it soon.

In the meantime, I am still catching up to some of the news on my inbox, this one from Green Biologics. The UK-based industrial biotechnology company recently announced that it has started with the construction of its bio-based n-butanol and acetone manufacturing facility in Little Falls, Minnesota.  The existing 21 million gal/year ethanol manufacturing site, formerly known as the Central MN Ethanol Cooperative (CMEC), was acquired by Green Biologics in December 2014 and re-named Central MN Renewables (CMR).

Green Biologics n-butanol construction

Permitting was completed in late August and the construction began on September 1. Commercial production is scheduled to start in 2016. More of my analysis on the bio-based n-butanol developments will be reported on the December issue of Tecnon OrbiChem’s Bio-materials newsletter.

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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