CropEnergies and Johnson Matthey have entered into an engineering, license and technical services agreement for a plant to produce renewable ethyl acetate from sustainable ethanol.
This will take palce near CropEnergies’ production site in Zeitz, Germany.
Using Johnson Matthey technology, the renewable ethyl acetate produced by CropEnergies will reduce the fossil carbon footprint of a wide range of everyday products and offers an excellent opportunity for its’ customers to grow with the sustainability trend.
An investment of €80 to €100 million would be needed and would lay CropEnergies’ first foundation stone of Biobased Chemicals as a new business line.
Johnson Matthey will prepare the process design package scheduled for completion mid-2022 after which CropEnergies will make the final investment decision.
The plant will be designed to produce 50 000 tpy of renewable ethyl acetate from renewable ethanol feedstock and renewable energy to drive the process. The plant will also generate renewable hydrogen as a co-product that together with biogenic CO2 from the CropEnergies fermentation process, will be the basis for further conversion of renewable energy into PtX (power-to-X) downstream routes, to produce e-fuels, for example.
Dr Stephan Meeder, CEO of CropEnergies AG, said: “If we want to live in a climate friendly world, we have to change the materials we use. Our goal is to provide to our customers innovative, sustainable products made out of biomass. As a sustainable alternative to fossil products, renewable ethyl acetate significantly saves greenhouse gas emissions.”
"JM’s vision is for a world that’s cleaner and healthier today and for future generations and we are proud that CropEnergies has chosen our DAVY ethyl acetate process technology for their innovative renewable chemicals plant in Zeitz, Germany,” added Alberto Gionvanzana, managing director for Johnson Matthey.
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