UK-based Green Biologics recently announced that it has begun commercial shipments of bio-based n-butanol and acetone from its first manufacturing facility in Little Falls, Minnesota. The company retrofitted a 21 million gal/year corn ethanol plant, which the company acquired from Central MN Ethanol Cooperative LLC. The site, now called Central MN Renewables (CMR) commenced construction for the bio-based chemicals production in September 2015. The company did not disclosed current capacity for the production of n-butanol and acetone.
Green Biologics expect to ramp up to full capacity over the next 12-18 months. In addition to 100% bio-based n-butanol and acetone, the company also offers derivatives such as isopropyl alcohol and a range of specialty esters of n-butanol, isopropanol and other bio-based alcohols.
Green Biologics has been busy partnering with several distributors such as Acme Hardesty, Nexeo Solutions, and Caldic as well as with HOC Industries to distribute its products to downstream markets. Green Biologics’ butanol and acetone products are marketed under the brand name BioPure.