Santa Clara, California — Rennovia announced in late March that it has commissioned and is operating a pilot plant for its sugar to 1,6-hexane diol process.
1,6-HDO is widely used in a variety of formulated products including polyurethanes, coatings and adhesives and elastomers, the company says.
It adds that the production process uses a proprietary catalyst and is projected to provide the material with drop-in performance properties which match conventionally produced petrochemically-derived material, the company says.
The bio-based product is likely to have greatly reduced greenhouse gas and environmental impact compared to petroleum-based one, six-HCO, the firm says. Rennovia says that the completion of key piloting activities and the development of a commercial design package are likely to be depleted by the end of the year.
The company says it is in "active discussions" with a number of potential strategic partners to support the commercialisation and downstream products. Archer Daniels Midland, which is a current investor, has expressed strong interest in supporting commercialisation through feedstock supply and co-investment, Rennovia says.