Who-is-Who in Biobased Lubricants? New Cooperations Grease the Bioeconomy
To maintain parameters such as biodegradability and environmental safety, the additives need to be free of toxic metals and phosphate. A whole industry is currently developing around biobased additives for biobased applications:
- Fuchs Petrolub is a well-known and globally active lubricant producer who is constantly expanding its range of biolubricants. Together with 14 partners including protein-provider Animox, Fuchs is currently involved in a project called TeFuProt that aims to develop protein-based lubricant additives from biobased waste streams and residues. The raw material is provided by Bunge Deutschland that operates one of the biggest oil mills in Europe.
- Another project consortium including Fuchs and biotechnology specialist Brain is already in the application testing phase for additives produced by enzymatic synthesis.
- Solazyme Industrials offers a solid lubricant tailored to improve the performance of oils and greases at extreme conditions. Upon heat, friction or pressure, the lubricant releases liquid triglyceride oils that improve lubricity and reduce friction and wear.
- Functional Products is based in Macedonia and sells biobased additives for biobased products all over the world, including polymers as thickeners, cold-flow improvers that expand the application temperature range of native oils such as canola down to as much as –30 °C, tackifiers that may be used in food processing equipment, and antioxidants.
By creating your new biobased lubricant, you will also have created a new biobased value net — including some established players such as the formulation specialists, but replacing especially the upstream steps with companies who have either a history in totally different fields such as oil mills or have been explicitly created to serve the biolubricants market.