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Solvay’s Epicerol® bags RSB certification

Solvay’s subsidiary, Advanced Biochemical Thailand Co., Ltd. (ABT) has received certification from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) for the production of Epicerol®, a bio-based building block for renewable chemicals and resins.

The certificate covers the manufacture of bio-based epichlorohydrin (ECH), using Solvay’s innovative technology, from vegetable glycerol derived from biodiesel and oleochemical production. ABT is the first bio-based chemical operator in Asia to obtain RSB certification.

Epicerol® is 100% bio-based (?) epichlorohydrin (ECH) based on renewable glycerol. ECH is a chemical intermediate for a wide range of industries, including epoxy resins for coatings and composites. Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (ABT) has been operating its 100 ktpa bio-ECH manufacturing unit using Solvay’s proprietary technology in Thailand since February 2012.

ABT facility in Map Ta Phut Thailand

ABT facility in Map Ta Phut Thailand

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.

Discussion

2 Responses to “Solvay’s Epicerol® bags RSB certification”

  1. Please explain how it can be 100% bio-based when it contains a very not bio-based chlorine atom?

    Joe Porcelli

    Posted by jvporcelli | December 17, 2015, 4:17 pm
    • Isn’t chlorine natural? Produce from salt/water via electrolysis, it is as natural as it can be :). But you are probably right that it is not 100% renewable if you combine glycerine with hydrochloric acid to produce the epichlorohydrin. The 100% bio-based was stated on the press release and I did not think twice about it.

      Posted by Doris de Guzman | January 5, 2016, 11:16 am

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