Clothing, packaging, electronics, building materials, cars — today all of these products contain a significant amount of petroleum-derived polymers. These materials have brought significant benefits to consumers everywhere. They are inexpensive, lightweight, strong and offer a wide variety of performance benefits that would have been unimaginable to earlier generations.
Virent’s patented technology enables the production of many of these same polymers from bio-based feedstocks. Our BioForming® process produces the key aromatic molecules that are the building blocks of polyesters, polyurethanes, polystyrene, nylon and more. Our technology offers an economical route to sustainable bio-based chemicals that are identical to their existing petroleum-derived counterparts, meaning they can be “dropped-in” to existing supply chains and recycling infrastructure. In addition, the carbon in these chemicals is obtained from atmospheric carbon dioxide, effectively reducing greenhouse gases in our environment.
As crude oil prices continue to increase in the long run, with increased volatility due to political unrest, Virent’s bio-based chemicals offer companies an opportunity to diversify their raw material pool. For any country that is a net importer of crude oil, bio-based chemicals can decrease reliance on imported crude oil and provide development opportunities for agriculture and forestry sectors, and rural communities.
In addition to their use as polymer building blocks, the bio-based aromatic chemicals produced by Virent have other wide-ranging uses in solvents, dyes, food preservatives, detergents and pharmaceuticals. Virent’s BioForming® process can also produce other petrochemical replacements from bio-based feedstocks including hydrogen, propylene glycol, linear and cyclic alkanes, and more.