Chemical tech company BioBTX opens a new pilot plant on the Zernike Campus on September 13, to produce the raw materials for bioplastics on a larger scale. The pilot plant arrives in particles in July 2018. The new plant forms a new step in the process toward biobased and cicular economy.
Offices and pilot plant in one location
BioBTX BV already moved its corporate offices from Innolab to EnTranCe in July 2018, both on the Zernike Campus in Groningen. The relocation happened last week and all people are settled in their new location.
CEO Pieter Imhof explained that moving to EnTranCe is a logical step considering the arrival of the pilot plant next month. "With our technology we are moving from research to development phase. Our pilot plant will be located at the Zernike Advance Processing (ZAP) facilities at EnTranCe, and we want our offices as close as possible to the pilot plant for optimal operation and communication.," he said. “Our move from incubator phase at Innolab to the pilot phase in ZAP is a perfect example of Campus Groningen strategy to facilitate start up companies. We look forward to move to the next pilot plant phase , crucial for our future success".
BioBTX replaces oil for biomass & waste as a resource for the production of aromatics and thus enables the production of sustainable materials. BioBTX developed a unique and commercially attractive integrated catalytic pyrolysis process that maximizes BTX yield and minimizes operational costs.
Currently, plastics are made from oil and are recyclable of course, but not sustainable. BTX stands for benzene, toluene and xylene, which are the chemical building blocks of plastic and are normally extracted from natural crude oil. BioBTX developed a way in which the oil can be replaced by biomass, such as wood, meaning the company can significantly contribute to the transition to a “greener” chemical industry. Big companies like Coca Cola and Danone are already looking for ways to make their bottles and packaging more sustainable and environmentally friendly.