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Solvay to decarbonise plant in Melle, France, using biomethane

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Solvay, a firm specialising in materials, solutions, and chemicals, will decarbonise the cyclopentanone unit of its plant in Melle, France, by utilising biomethane.

Cyclopentanone is used in the production of perfumery products and aromas, agrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals.

Through an agreement with an agricultural cooperative for the next 15 years, the entire cyclopentanone production will rely solely on biomethane.

The cooperative built a facility to convert waste biomass into 18 GWh of RNG per year, which Solvay has committed to purchase for its Melle plant.

“Since cyclopentanone is used as a building block for so many fragrance applications, such as jasmine, we are committed to producing it in the most sustainable way,” said Guillaume Meunier, Flavour & Fragrance global marketing director for Solvay Aroma Performance.

“Powering the Melle plant with biomethane gas is a part of our Solvay ONE Planet initiative, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26% by 2030.”

Solvay commercialises two grades of cyclopentanone – one for the fragrance market and one ultra-high purity version for the electronics market, both manufactured at its Melle plant.

In fragrance applications, cyclopentanone is used as a building block mainly in methyl dihydro jasmonate, which provides a delicate floral bouquet of blooming jasmine flowers. It is also used in the electronics market as a solvent during several steps in the manufacturing process of semiconductors.