Green chemistry pioneer Verdezyne, a privately held industrial biotechnology company that produces renewable chemicals and fuels from non-petroleum sources, has opened its first pilot plant to produce adipic acid, a key component of nylon 6,6.
The new facility, located in Carlsbad, CA will be used to accelerate the commercialization of Verdezyne's bio-based adipic acid, one of two components used to manufacture 'green' nylon 6,6 and thermoplastic polyurethane resins from renewable sources, such as non-food based vegetable oils. It is the first demonstration of the production of bio-based adipic acid at scale from a non-petroleum source.
"We are thrilled about the opening of our pilot plant," said Dr. Stephen Picataggio, chief scientific officer of Verdezyne. "This plant will allow us to demonstrate the scalability of our process, validate our cost projections and generate sufficient quantities of material for commercial market development."...