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Cobalt Technologies and Rhodia to develop bio-butanol market in Latin America  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Cobalt Technologies (Mountain View, Calif.; www.cobalttech.com) and Rhodia (Paris, France; www.rhodia.com) today announced the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding setting the basis for a strategic alliance to develop bio-based n-butanol refineries throughout Latin America. Under the terms of the alliance, Cobalt and Rhodia will work together to deploy Cobalt’s technology for the conversion of sugar-cane bagasse into n-butanol for the chemicals and fuels market. The parties will initially develop options for deploying Cobalt’s technology at a sugar mill. Following this first step, the partners will jointly develop a demonstration plant to demonstrate Cobalt’s technology on site in Brazil. Following the demonstration plant the parties intend to construct multiple bio-refineries co-located with sugar mills, first in Brazil and then in other Latin American countries. “Bio n-butanol based on bagasse will enlarge our Augeo range of biosourced solvents and perfectly fits with Rhodia’s sustainable development strategy. We are convinced that Cobalt’s bagasse-based leading-edge technology will provide an unmatched cost advantage over the long term,” says Vincent Kamel, president of Rhodia…
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