Texas A&M researchers scaling up MixAlco process

March 19, 2018 |

In Texas, Texas A&M researchers are looking to scale up the process that occurs in the stomach of a cow, turning organic waste into vinegar—or in this case, organic acids from two to six carbons such as alcohols, esters, and others. Producing these bio-based chemical intermediates is intended to displace those currently supplied by fossil fuels. A pilot plant using the MixAlco process is expected to come online this summer with a first commercial-scale facility set for next year. The technology developers say the process could integrate well into existing oil refineries, using and adapting existing infrastructure to keep greenfield costs down.

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