Cobalt Technologies and Andritz sign agreement

Cobalt Technologies, a producer of bio n-butanol as a renewable fuel and chemical, has signed a global cooperation and supply agreement with Andritz to integrate its lignocellulosic pre-treatment process for the production of n-butanol with Andritz's customized pre-treatment systems.

The primary alcohol, n-butanol is a widely used industrial chemical found in paints, lacquers and other surface coatings. It has traditionally been produced from fossil fuels. Engineered to achieve low production costs, Cobalt's technology naturally converts both C5 and C6 sugars into biobutanol, using any non-food lignocellulosic, renewable and sustainable feedstock. The biobutanol can be used for an array of fuels and chemicals, including jet fuels, bio-based plastics and synthetic rubber.

'We are excited to combine our pre-treatment and fermentation technology with Andritz's technology, engineering and project management skills for implementing large-scale biomass facilities,' says Bob Mayer, CEO of Cobalt Technologies. 'Plus, our combined testing and pilot plant capabilities will enable us to evaluate and scale a wide range of biomass materials from feedstock-to-butanol for our strategic partners, giving them the highest level of support and assurance.'

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