Industrial Biotechnology Alliances for New Processes
Renewable raw materials make their way into the chemical industry: Not only classics like amino acids or antibiotics, but also new processes for bioplastics: Braskem and DuPont, for example, already employ huge production plants for the fermentation of Polyethylene, PVC and Polylactic acid from sugar cane, corn and other biomaterials.
Even typical basic chemicals like amber salt can be produced in the bioreactor, as a new production process developed by BASF and Purac shows. The bacillus Basfia succiniciproducens can digest a variety of raw materials (C3, C5 and C6) to produce salt of amber.
Now the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research wants to boost the developments with an additional € 100 million for strategic alliances, lead by an industry company, during the next five years. Aim is to untap the huge potential for energy and climate conservation, but also to gather partners for new kinds of cooperation, the ministry stated. A first presentation is expected for today.