Trinseo, a US-based global materials company and ETB Global, a Russian technology company for producing butadiene will be collaborating on the development of purified bio-based 1,3-butadiene. The two companies will combine their respective technology and process expertise to accelerate the development of viable, renewably sourced material solutions.:
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Under the partnership, the companies will jointly explore opportunities to scale up ETB’s unique single-stage process to produce bio-based 1,3-butadiene from ethanol using polyfunctional catalyst technology. The collaboration will initially focus on demonstrating the viability of sustainable ethanol-based synthetic rubber in support of green tire production. In view of this venture, Trinseo, with ETB’s support, will conduct a feasibility study to explore the construction of a dedicated bio-based 1,3-butadiene pilot plant in Europe. Once operational, it is intended that the pilot plant will include a purification unit to achieve a purity target of 99.7%.
The pilot plant evaluation study is expected to be completed by end of 2021, with a long-term goal of scaling up live production globally.