Green chemistry market
The green industry represents an answer to constantly increasing demand for alternative and additional resources.
Annual growth rate in the green industry is estimated between 20 and 30 % for the next decade with high requirements in terms of development and process technologies due to:
- Pressure and volatility of crude costs
- Rarefaction of fossil resources and competition with energy applications
- Dependency to a limited number of producers
- Environmental impact
- Development of local activities and shortening of distance to market
Bio-sourced compounds characteristics and costs still have to be improved to meet market requirements and compete efficiently with the traditional petrochemicals routes.
In 2010, the bio-market was estimated to represent about 2.4 billion USD. It regularly increases and is considered by the analysts as an attractive alternative for investments in a near future. The bio-market is expected to reach more than 26 billion USD in 2050.
The experts have established a list of the most promising building blocks on the route for enlarged industrial applications:
|Glycerol and derivatives||Lactic acid|
The market is mainly driven by the polymer industry especially for packaging and service applications. The coproduction of bio-fuels and bio-chemicals should boost the development in the coming years within the frame of the development of full bio-refineries.
The purification: an essential link in bio-based chemistry
In most industrial processes, the production of bio-based compounds requires at least one step of separation and purification. The diversity of the biomass feedstock induces a broad diversity of compounds and impurities. Any impurity can dramatically modify the properties and behavior of the purification process of the target product.
Among all available technologies, the Proabd® Melt Static Crystallization (MSC) is an effective technology for purification and ultra-purification of organic compounds. High purity is one of the biggest challenges faced by the producers in this sector to make their chemicals products acceptable for the downstream applications.
Proabd® MSC has distinctive features to overcome this challenge:
- No solvent
- No mechanical stress
- No thermal reaction
Thus, Proabd® MSC allows keeping the properties of the product unchanged without any degradation, even for the very sensitive chemicals.
The Proabd® MSC is adapted to the purification of:
- Succinic acid
- Acrylic acid
- Fatty acids
- Several other products produced from a bio-based feedstock
Innovation and R&D to meet high requirements
Fives started to purify bio-based compounds more than a decade ago and continues to focus its efforts on improving and designing highly reliable and efficient solutions for the green industry by:
- proposing lab and pilot tests but also perform tolling campaigns in a dedicated pilot unit to produce test load production
- developing partnerships with both institutional and industrial customers to find and implement new applications
Opportunity for green development
The conversion of biomass in bio-sourced chemicals is a unique opportunity to reduce dependency to fossil feedstock and to replace them by environmentally friendly compounds, useful in many commodity goods.
Bio-based products valorization, separation and purification processes take a growing part in Fives’ activities.