Producing high-value chemicals from low-cost renewable byproducts
Our partner, International Polyol Chemical, Inc. (ICPI) is a world leader in the development of Sugar-to-Glycol hydro-cracking technology and related glycol separations. Along with its partners, IPCI has assembled a suite of over 30 technology patents. Developed over 15 years and with an investment of $20M, the Sugar- to-Glycol technology, based on C6 corn glucose, led to a commissioned 10,000 MT/yr pilot plant in Northeast China in 2005. Based on the success of this pilot plant, a 200,000 MT/yr plant went on line in 2007 becoming the first green glycols plant worldwide. In 2009, S2G BioChem was incorporated and, along with its partners, invested $10M to advance the technologys second generation. Substantial innovations include novel conditioning processes that are individuated for a significantly wider array of non-food based partner feedstock. Further improvements include longer lasting, more durable and efficient catalysts and improved purity.