Bioamber Announces World’s First Bio-based Succinic Acid Plant: Helping to Reduce Dependence on Fossil Fuels

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On sait que l’acide succinique peut être utile pour réaliser du PBS par exemple, d’où l’intérêt de ce billet sur le future pilote de Bioamber à Pomacle en France.

Dec 16, 2008 – BiobasedNews.com

DNP Green Technology and ARD are pleased to announce that their Bioamber joint venture has obtained the necessary permits and begun construction of the world’s first production plant for bio-based succinic acid. The succinic acid plant will have an annual production capacity of 2,000 metric tons and will be integrated into an existing bio-refinery located in Pomacle, France.

PRINCETON, NJ, Dec. 16 /CNW Telbec/ – DNP Green Technology and ARD are pleased to announce that their Bioamber joint venture has obtained the necessary permits and begun construction of the world’s first production plant for bio-based succinic acid. The succinic acid plant will have an annual production capacity of 2,000 metric tons and will be integrated into an existing bio-refinery located in Pomacle, France. The plant, which is being financed by ARD at a cost of US $27m, will begin production in the fall of 2009. This technological milestone represents a significant step forward for renewable, bio-based chemistry and it will help reduce the world’s dependence on fossil fuels.

Bioamber’s production of bio-based succinic acid can use various renewable feedstocks such as wheat, corn, sugar cane, rice, lingo-cellulose and glycerin. Succinic acid and succinate esters can be used as building blocks in a multitude of markets including biopolymers, plastics, polyesters, resins, runway deicers, non-toxic solvents and renewable fuels (as a diesel additive).

The plant demonstrates the technological breakthrough of the US Department of Energy’s proprietary E. coli bacterium, which is under exclusive license to DNP Green Technology and has been optimized by Bioamber. Bioamber’s fermentation technology is cost competitive with the petrochemical processes. Bioamber’s revolutionary platform also offers an important environmental advantage: it consumes CO(2), as opposed to equivalent petrochemical processes that emit greenhouse gases.

“This plant will showcase our technology at a commercial scale and prove our cost competitiveness with petrochemical feedstocks”, said Patrick Piot, Bioamber’s General Manager. Jean Francois Huc, President of DNP Green Technology, added: “This plant clearly demonstrates that Bioamber is the world leader in bio-based succinic acid and it will assist us in our ongoing work with a variety of industry partners seeking renewable, non-petroleum feedstocks for chemical and fuel markets.”

DNP Green Technology and ARD are excited about this milestone and expect Bioamber to make important announcements in the coming months on new strategic partnerships, contract sales of bio-based succinic acid and the out-licensing of the technology platform to third parties through turn-key packages.

About ARD

ARD (Agro-Industrie Recherches et Développements) is the R&D centre of the Champagne Ardenne agricultural cooperativesthat grow cereals, sugar, and alfalfa. Representative of the global-scale competitive cluster of agricultural industries and resources, ARD adds value to and finds new outlets for agricultural crops and develops innovative and competitive products that use the renewable carbon in plants after processing in a bio-refinery. Along with its affiliate SOLIANCE, which specializes in the production and commercialization of active ingredients for the cosmetics industry, and WHEATOLEO, a joint venture with OLEON in the market for surfactants of vegetable origin, ARD has 25 years of experience in the fractionation of plants, green chemistry, and white biotechnology. ARD and its affiliates have approximately 130 employees.

For more information, please visit http://www.a-r-d.fr

About DNP Green Technology

DNP Green Technology is a private US company dedicated to the development of innovative technologies that use renewable biomass to produce green building blocks for the chemical industry that are cost competitive with fossil fuels. Thanks to its numerous scientific and business partnerships, DNP Green Technology has succeeded in building an extensive portfolio of patents and expertise in the production and purification of bio-based succinic acid and derivative products, as well as their use in various applications. DNP Green Technology has offices in Princeton, N.J., and Montreal, Canada.

For more information, please visit http://www.dnpgreen.com

About Bioamber

Bioamber is a white biotechnology company dedicated to the production of bio-based succinic acid and derivatives. Bioamber is a joint venture established between DNP Green Technology and ARD.

For more information, please visit http://www.bio-amber.com

For further information:

Dr. Roger Laurent Bernier
DNP Green Technology
(514) 844-1280
laurent.bernier@dnpgreen.com

http://www.biobasednews.com/node/19438

Other news on Bioamber:

o BioAmber (a joint venture between DNP Green Technology and ARD) feceives presidential green chemistry challenge award 2011 for succinic acid production. BioAmber’s succinic acid platform delivers environmentally sound, cost-effective performance materials that can replace petrochemicals in a wide range of applications, including adipic-based polyurethanes, phthalate-based plasticizers and acetate-based deicing solutions. BioAmber’s technology produces succinic acid that competes on cost with fossil fuel derived succinic acid when oil prices are well below $40 per barrel. The technology also sequesters carbon dioxide rather than emitting it.

o Bioamber and Sinoven partner for biobased succinic acid. Bioamber and Sinoven Biopolymers Inc. have signed a supply agreement for biobased succinic acid. Under the terms of the agreement, Bioamber will be Sinoven’s exclusive supplier of biobased succinic acid, enabling Sinoven to produce renewable modified polybutylene succinate plastic (PBS). Sinoven’s revolutionary modified PBS has better performance than other biodegradable polymers sold today, with heat resistance above 100 degrees C, excellent strength properties and the ability to be processed in existing production equipment. Sinoven will be the first company to commercialize PBS with renewable content above 50%.

o BioAmber and Cargill to jointly develop microorganisms that produce bio-based succinic acid. BioAmber announced that it is developing a new generation microorganism to produce biobased succinic acid under exclusive license from Cargill. BioAmber recently commissioned the world’s first biobased succinic acid plant and is actively engaged in discussions to build large-scale plants in North America and Asia.

o BioAmber raises fund to accelerate the commercialization of biosuccinic acid and modified PBS. The fundraising will help BioAmber strengthen its position as the market leader in succinic acid and accelerate the commercialization of biosuccinic and modified PBS, including the construction of a large-scale plant in North America. It will also fund ongoing development work in the field of succinic acid, including the second generation organism being developed with Cargill, the technology licensed from DuPont that converts succinic acid to 1,4-butanediol (BDO), the novel purification process developed and scaled up with MATRIC, and the use of non-food feedstocks to produce biobased succinic acid. BioAmber will also strengthen its management team and build out its in-house RandD capabilities to accelerate the development of its adipic acid platform.

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