Solvay, CTBE develop bio-based chemistry sugarcane in Brazil
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Solvay, CTBE develop bio-based chemistry on sugarcane in Brazil

7:23 AM, 26th April 2012
Solvay, CTBE develop bio-based chemistry on sugarcane in Brazil

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Rhodia, member of Solvay group, and the National Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory (CTBE) in Brazil have signed an agreement to develop chemical routes and processes to obtain molecules of a high added value from sugarcane biomass. Research will be conducted at CTBE, backed by researchers from both parties, who will work together on the development of chemical blocks currently used in different applications and markets that the Solvay Group operates in, with a view to replace non-renewable sources with biomass in these substances’ production processes.

The project will be supported by Brazil’s state-owned development bank, the Banco Nacional do Desenvolvimento Economico e Social - BNDES, which will provide BRL7 million (€2.8 million) over three years. Besides this backing, Rhodia will also contribute its expertise in the chemical area for the development of new routes to high added-value molecules. Maria Teresa Barbosa, Head of Research, CTBE said that the first two years of development of these technologies will be carried out on a laboratorial scale, followed by scale up efforts at CTBE’s process development pilot plant.

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