Press Release: Circa Group’s Commercial Demonstration Plant Comes Online and Produces First Batch of 99% Pure Cyrene®
- Biotechnology company Circa Group has announced that its FC5 commercial demonstration plant is now online, paving the way to a regular supply of Circa’s bio-based solvent CyreneⓇ. A joint venture between Circa and Norwegian pulp and paper company Norske Skog, the FC5 plant is located in Tasmania, Australia. Now successfully commissioned and operated end-to-end, FC5 is starting to produce a steady stream of 99% pure CyreneⓇ, a non-toxic solvent made from certified and renewable cellulose waste. Click here to read more about the press release here.
- Solvents are ubiquitous chemicals used widely in coatings, adhesives, industrial and domestic cleaning (degreasing) products, and many types of manufacturing. The purpose of the solvent in a formulation or process is to dissolve other substances, either to allow them to mix and perform their function effectively (e.g. to disperse the pigment in a paint) or remove them from a surface (e.g. a paint stripper). In Europe the solvent industry directly employs more than ten thousand people with sales of over 5 million tonnes (worth €3 billion) every year. The global solvents market is about 30 million tonnes and growing at about 2% per annum. Click here to read the article published in BE-sustainable magazine.
- ReSolve, a €4.3 million EU project focused on replacing traditional, fossil-based solvents, was officially launched Thursday June 15. Led by the University of York, the project consortium is comprised of 11 partners from 5 different countries.
- You can read the entire press release here.