COMMERCIAL PLANTS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF BIOSUCCINIUM™
In 2008 Reverdia initially operating under a joint development agreement with Royal DSM and Roquette Frères, began efforts to produce succinic acid – a chemical building block used in the manufacture of polymers, resins, food and pharmaceuticals among other products – for the first time using biological means.
Reverdia has validated their proprietary technology to produce succinic acid from starch at their demo plant and has begun construction on their first commercial plant.
Early 2010 DSM and Roquette opened a demonstration plant in Lestrem (France) to validate an innovative enzyme-based fermentation technology rather than the traditional ingredients, crude oil and natural gas.
The initial feedback from the market was and is very encouraging and has validated DSM and Roquette’s choice to invest in bio-renewable alternatives for fossil feedstocks by using biotechnological routes. The plant has produced Biosuccinium™ in ton quantities and product is available for commercial evaluation.
First Commercial Plant
Reverdia began construction in 2011 of a commercial scale plant for the production of bio-based succinic acid, the first non-fossil feedstock derived chemical building block that allows customers in the chemical industry to choose a bio-based alternative with a lower eco-footprint for a broad range of applications, from packaging to footwear.
This novel plant, will have an annual capacity of around 10 kt, is backward-integrated with the biorefinery-producing C-source. It is built on the premises of Roquette in Cassano Spinola (Italy). Operations at the plant where started in December 2012.
The new commercial production facility in Italy will be producing bio- based succinic acid using fermentation technology. The proprietary yeast-based fermentation process, which operates at a much lower pH than competing processes, allows succinic acid to be produced with a significantly higher energy efficiency compared to the traditional method. It is also one of the first bio-based processes that sequesters carbon dioxide in the production process.
The site will employ the co-generation of steam and electricity and on-site waste water treatment. Its proximity to Genoa’s harbour also ensures efficient global logistics.
As the market develops Reverdia anticipates even larger facilities will be considered in the future. Site selection for a second large-scale commercial plant is currently underway.