Anellotech plans to make available large quantities of biomass-derived benzene and toluene; company's pilot plant scheduled for start-up in H1 2013
April 5, 2013 (Chemical Business Newsbase ) – Anellotech Inc, a technology-based company focusing on producing low-cost green petrochemicals directly from non-food biomass such as wood, bagasse and corn stover, has announced that it plans to make available large quantities (100 kg) of green benzene and toluene to strategic partners for downstream product development purposes before the end of 2013. Anellotech is the developer of a thermochemical catalytic fast pyrolysis (CFPTM) process for making aromatics directly from non-food biomass. The company's pilot plant operations are scheduled to commence in 2H 2013. It plans to offer kilogram scale samples of green benzene and toluene to selected customers in late 2013. These large volume development lots will provide sufficient quantities for qualification of Anellotech's green aromatics as drop-in feed stocks for use in downstream conversion into a variety of valuable derivatives. This will provide early customer assurance that "green" plastics can be sourced from renewable aromatics produced from Anellotech's CFP technology. CFP produces xylenes as well as benzene and toluene, and similar sized xylene samples will also be made available. Original Source: Anellotech Inc, 2013. Found on website: http://www.specialchem4cosmetics.com.