Minneapolis, Minnesota — BioAmber Inc. says it has scaled up its hydrogenation catalyst technology under license from DuPont and converted multi-tonne quantities of bio-succinic acid into 100-percent bio-based 1,4-butanediol (BDO), tetrahydrofuran (THF) and gamma-butyrolactone (GBL).
BioAmber believes the global addressable market for these products exceeds $4 billion. BDO, THF and GBL can be used to make polyurethanes, spandex, polyester and biodegradable plastics.
“This is the culmination of two years of work and an important milestone in the development of our bio-based BDO platform. We have been able to couple the DuPont catalyst technology with our bio-succinic acid production to manufacture high purity bio-based BDO at demonstration scale,” said Jim Millis, BioAmber’s chief technology officer.
BioAmber used bio-succinic acid made at its Pomacle, France, facility as a starting material to make the products. Millis added that BioAmber is developing an integrated plant engineering design that combines the production of bio-succinic acid and bio-based BDO on a single site.