Braskem has partnered with Haldor Topsoe to develop monoethylene glycol (MEG) from sugar. MEG is key raw material used to produce PET resins that is the main man-made raw material in the production of PET bottles and other packaging products as well as textiles.
The technological agreement between Denmark-based Haldor Topsoe and Braskem entails the construction of a demonstration plant in Denmark, starting in 2019.
Haldor Topsoe specialises in catalysts and surface products and the project for bio based MEG production will include a two-step process developed at Topsoe’s labs along with own catalysts. It will focus on converting sugar into MEG at a single industrial unit, which will reduce initial investment in the production and boost the competitiveness of the process.
The project is expected to be major milestone in the use of renewable polymers as a carbon capture tool that can contribute to a sustainable future.
The demonstration plant is expected to perform several tests to validate the technology. The demo plant will also perform the technical and economic feasibility tests – that are crucial to determine whether the technology is ready for industrial scale and commercial operations.
The unit will experiment the technology using a variety of raw materials such as sucrose, dextrose and second-generation sugars.
More about MEG and other PET raw materials will be discussed at CMT’s 19th GEPET (Greater Europe PET Resin Trade, Applications & Recycling) on 11-12 April, 2018 in Budapest, Hungary.
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