Carlsbad, California - Verdezyne, a US industrial biotechnology company, has opened its first pilot plant in Carlsbad, California, to produce adipic acid from renewable sources, such as non-food vegetable oils.
The acid will be used to make thermoplastic polyurethane resins, as well as nylon 6, 6, the company said in a 30 Nov news release.
"We are excited to achieve this key milestone," said Dr William Radany, ceo of Verdezyne. "This is the first demonstration of the production of bio-based adipic acid at scale from a non-petroleum source. Our novel yeast platform enables production of adipic acid at a lower cost than current petrochemical manufacturing processes."
Verdezyne's method for producing adipic acid offers a number of advantages over petroleum-based methods, such as a reduction in production costs, the company said. It claimed that its production methods are expected to generate less CO2 and other pollutants compared to current methods.