Anellotech, a sustainable technology company, has carried out a successful two-week continuous pilot plant trial in collaboration with global consumer beverage company Suntory to produce 100% Bio-based Plastic Bottle at its TCat-8 pilot plant in Texas
Bio-TCatTM technology, an efficient thermal catalytic process, is used to convert non-food biomass feedstock material into BTX aromatics. BTX’s first sample, produced at TCat-8 pilot plant during trial runs, has now been sent to joint development partners IFPEN and Axens for purification studies to make bio-paraxylene – the key aromatic chemical needed to make 100% renewable beverage bottles. Bio-paraxylene produced at TCat-8 plant will be used to make renewable PET resin for prototype bottle manufacture and product testing.
Two-weeks continuous pilot plant trial at TCat-8, successfully carried out in March 2018 covering more than 1,200 hours of cumulative on-stream time, have been achieved at TCat-8. In addition, Anellotech is carrying out production of other aromatic products through its Bio-TCatTM process, including benzene and toluene, which can be used to make a number of bio-based polymers. These may include nylon, polycarbonates, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and industrial chemicals, for example, LAB (linear alkyl benzene) used in laundry detergents.
“Following our announcements earlier this year on process development and continuous operation, we are glad that significant progress continues at our TCat-8 pilot plant. We continue to move the technology towards commercialization and shipping the pilot plant’s product for downstream evaluation is another major milestone”, said, David Sudolsky, President & CEO of Anellotech. He further added, “Having collaborated with Suntory since 2012 to advance development of cost-competitive bio-aromatics, we hope bio-based plastics made from our Bio-TCatTM process and a 100% bio-based bottle soon become a reality.”