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A bio-butadiene plant is planned

By Scott Jenkins |

On the heels of its successful scaleup of bio-butanol, Cobalt is looking for pathways to use that molecule as a building block for other products. The company has announced plans to build the first bio-butadiene plant in Asia. Projected to come onstream in 2017, the plant will utilize traditional chemical catalysis technology to take bio-butanol to butadiene. Cobalt CEO Bob Mayer says the company is developing an intellectual property package for the bio-butadiene that will be marketed worldwide. As a key raw material for automobile tires and other products, butadiene’s worldwide market is eight times larger than the $5-billion annual market for butanol, Mayer notes.
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