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Haldor Topsoe Collaborates with Braskem for Developing Renewable MEG

| Editor: Ahlam Rais

The demonstration plant, located in Lyngby, Denmark, is an important step to upscale the Mosaik solution and begin production at an industrial scale, which is planned to commence in 2023.
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The demonstration plant, located in Lyngby, Denmark, is an important step to upscale the Mosaik solution and begin production at an industrial scale, which is planned to commence in 2023. (Source: Haldor Topsoe)

Both the companies have got together and set up a demo unit for developing renewable MEG. The demonstration plant is expected to produce more than 100 tonnes of glycolaldehyde per year.

Denmark – Braskem and Haldor Topsoe have recently announced that they have reached mechanical completion of the Mosaik process step of their demonstration plant that will produce bio-based (Monoethylene Glycol) MEG from sugars. The demonstration plant, located in Lyngby, Denmark, is an important step to upscale the Mosaik solution and begin production at an industrial scale, which is planned to commence in 2023. The plant demonstrates all key design features of the technology and can produce more than 100 tonnes per year of glycolaldehyde, which is converted into MEG in the next process step.

Construction and pre-commissioning of the Mosaik process step have been completed as planned and on schedule. The next activities in this part of the demonstration plant will be start-up and operation with the aim to achieve key technical targets and confirm economic feasibility of the process. Operation will begin from March 1.

In parallel with operating the first process step, the partners will complete the construction of the next process step, the downstream conversion to MEG. Mechanical completion is expected before the end of 2019.

As a leading producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas, Braskem wants to expand its portfolio of renewable products to offer new solutions that complement its bio-based polyethylene marketed with the I’m green seal.

Topsoe delivers a packaged solution for this project with Braskem, including process design, engineering, catalyst, and technology.

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