Catalysis is essential for the sustainable production of chemicals from biomass. In the near future, innovative processes along with customized catalysts and equipment can make bio-based chemicals a real commercial opportunity for producers.
One example is the Topsoe MOSAIK™ solution for sugar cracking to a reactive intermediate. Depending on the further conversion a number of biochemicals can be obtained ranging from well-known commodities to new specialty chemicals. For example. hydrogenation yields MEG (monoethylene glycol) while retro-aldol chemistry gives MVG (methyl vinyl glycolate).
MOSAIK™-derived monoethylene glycol (MEG) is:
MOSAIK™-MEG will be fully demonstrated in partnership with Braskem in 2021, aiming to start up a commercial plant in 2025.
MOSAIK™-derived methyl vinyl glycolate (MVG) is:
For MOSAIK™-MVG we are continuously looking for Ideas for application partnerships. Suggestions are welcome.