TNO: PEF - Plastic from biomass successfully demonstrated

28 April 2016

In the European project BioConSepT, around 30 partners worked on new processes for making plastic from biomass based on oils, fats, wood and straw that are not fit for consumption. At Fraunhofer, the partners organized a large-scale demonstration of how furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) is produced, proving the transition to an industrial production process.
FDCA is a molecule that is used as a building block for polymers. Its main application is polyethylene furanoate (PEF), a polymer with the potential to replace polyethylene terephthalate (PET). FDCA also keeps carbon dioxide longer in the bottle, so soft drinks have a longer shelf life (News Item TNO, 4 April 2016).
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