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Cobalt Tech and Rhodia to cooperate in Latin America

Monday, 13 August 2012

Cobalt Tech and Rhodia to jointly build a biobutanol demonstration facility in Brazil.

Operational testing at the demonstration plant in Brazil is expected to be completed by Mid-2013. Source: Konstantin Gastmann/Pixelio.de

Operational testing at the demonstration plant in Brazil is expected to be completed by Mid-2013. Source: Konstantin Gastmann/Pixelio.de

Cobalt Technologies, a developer of next generation bio-based chemicals, and specialty chemical company Rhodia, member of the Solvay Group, announced that they will begin joint development and operation of a biobutanol demonstration facility in Brazil. This is one more step by the two companies toward the construction of commercial-scale biorefineries using Cobalt's technology to convert Brazilian bagasse and other local non-food feedstock into bio n-butanol in Latin America. Butanol is widely used as an industrial chemical found in paints, adhesives, inks, and other solvents.

Under the Term Sheet, both companies will build and operate a biobutanol demonstration plant, which will validate Cobalt's technology and its ability to seamlessly integrate with existing sugar mills in Brazil. Work will begin in August 2012 and will move to a mill site in early 2013 for integration testing. Operational testing at the demonstration plant is expected to be completed by Mid-2013.

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