Direct greenhouse gas conversion to lactic acid

The future of sustainable biopolymer production from renewable carbon lies in bypassing the agricultural step and converting greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide directly into lactic acid.

What does direct greenhouse gas (GHG) conversion mean?

Direct conversion of greenhouse gases is what we call our "moonshot" project, and we've seen promising technical developments through our research to date. Over five years, and with some real investment, we successfully developed an alternative feedstock technology that can convert methane into lactic acid. We also now understand the technology, the potential, the capital requirements, and the likely operating costs of this alternative. We believe that while this technology offers some improvement in operating and production costs, economic conditions reflected in the low cost of oil and very low cost of sugars mean that the capital outlay to build a facility for this technology doesn’t make sense given the incremental savings. For us, this becomes a technology option to exercise at the right time. It's an option that we have rights to in perpetuity and that we can draw upon when the economics support such an investment.

GHG conversion

In direct GHG conversion, we can bypass the need for agricultural feedstock by converting methane and carbon dioxide into lactic acid, the building block for our Ingeo biopolymers.

Future feedstocks investment via European Horizon 2020 Project

We continue to invest in ideas and technologies that reshape our industry. In 2018, we joined a €7 million EU funded project focused on capturing and converting carbon dioxide into valuable platform chemicals like lactate. BioRECO2VER was a four year international consortium project involving twelve partners across nine countries.

The BioRECO2VER project
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