Photanol Demo Plant Will Make Chemicals From Sunlight

Sept. 12, 2018
Photanol will build a demonstration plant to make chemicals from CO2 and sunlight at AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals' Delfzijl site.

Photanol BV will build a demonstration plant for technology to produce chemicals from CO2 and sunlight at AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals' Delfzijl site. The companies formed a partnership in 2014 to jointly work on a technology using cyanobacteria that mimics the way plants use photosynthesis to produce chemical building blocks such as organic acids from carbon dioxide (CO2). These have applications in biodegradable plastics, personal care products and as intermediates for the chemical industry. Photanol has closed a financing round with a group of Dutch investment firms that will reportedly allow the construction of the unit to go ahead; completion is expected in 2020.

Véronique de Bruijn, CEO of Photanol BV says, "The Photanol team is keen to prove to the world that we can make a big difference by producing clean chemicals while reducing the CO2 burden on the environment."

The new investors in Photanol are GROEIfonds, Innovatiefonds Noord-Nederland and Investeringsfonds Groningen. 

"This is the next step in our partnership, where Photanol will ultimately produce a new and low-cost intermediate for one of our businesses. This will allow us to make a step change in profitability and product quality,” says Peter Nieuwenhulzen, chief technology officer, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals.  “We are proud to support Photanol making chemicals from sunlight at scale, and to help grow a profitable, green chemical cluster in Delfzijl."

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