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ZeaChem completes a demonstration plant producing biobased chemicals [Registered]

ZeaChem announced 5 January that it has completed construction of a new integrated demonstration biorefinery in Boardman, Oregon, USA. The plant will produce from biomass feedstock the intermediate chemicals acetic acid and ethyl acetate, which are high-value products for applications including paints, lacquers and solvents. The plant will have the production capacity of 250,000 gallons per year, but it is not expected to produce half that amount this year. The main feedstock will be hybrid poplar trees. ZeaChem will sell bio-based chemicals to commercial and industrial customers seeking renewable and cost-competitive alternatives to petroleum-sourced chemicals. The core facility created 50…

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