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Commercial scale production of biobased motor oil and industrial lubricants in sight [Registered]

The US based start-up Biosynthetic Technologies recently announced that it is partnering with Albermarle, a global leader in catalyst chemistry scale-up, to produce biosynthetic oils. Production of the oil has already commenced at a demonstration plant within Albemarle’s existing Baton Rouge facility. Working with the USDA, Biosynthetic Technologies has developed a new, high performance, bio-based “drop-in” synthetic oils known as estolides as alternative to petroleum used in motor oils and industrial lubricants. Biosynthetic Technologies is now moving forward with development of a full-scale commercial production plant. Locations are being evaluated, including locations in the company’s home state of California. “Several…

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