Butanediol from renewable feedstock
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BASF plans to begin production of 1,4-butanediol from renewable feedstock (renewable BDO) using the patented process developed by Genomatica from San Diego, California. The one-step fermentation process is based on sugars as a renewable raw material.
The licence agreement allows BASF to build a world-scale production facility that will use the Genomatica process to manufacture BDO using renewable feedstock. Genomatica will continue to enhance its patented sugar-based production process, while BASF will produce renewable BDO, which will be available in the second half of 2013 for sampling and trials.
BASF currently produces BDO and BDO-equivalents at its sites in Ludwigshafen in Germany, Geismar in Louisiana, Chiba in Japan, Kuantan in Malaysia and Caojing in China, and has an annual capacity of 535,000 tonnes. BASF has recently announced its intention of building a BDO complex in China with an annual capacity of 100,000 tonnes.