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TRFR20180315001

A French SME is looking for process or technology of producing bio organic acids

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ABSTRACT

An innovative French SME is developing and producing environmental friendly products like de-icing salts, weed-killers, dust suppressant or flame retardant.
The production of these compositions uses organic acids, now produced in the chemical industry from non-renewable sources.
The company is looking for a process to produce such acids from renewable source like biomass: straw, wood, ... .
Partnership can be considered via manufacturing, technical, R&D agreement, or license agreement.


FULL DESCRIPTION

An innovative French SME is producing de-icing salts, weed-killers, dust suppressant or flame retardant, all based on calcium salts of organic acids : formic, acetic and lactic acids.
This SME aims at producing these chemicals from renewable resources, biomass like wood, straw, nutshell, etc ... Per example, whey is a major waste from the cheese industry. Whey contains mainly lactose, and some lactic acid. Bio-treatment would increase the lactic acid content and makes its extraction economically viable while reducing the Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) of the remaining liquid part. Another potential bio-source is nutshell. The company has access to large quantities of nutshells and its transformation by torrefaction or fermentation could produce a mixture of organic acids, mainly acetic acid.

The organic acid mix will be free of dangerous molecules like aldehydes (formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, ).
Expected quantities are few 1 000 tons of acids per year. The products (organic acids) will be registered under REACH regulation.

The SME can be the acid producer or the end-user (and buy the organic acids to an established producer if no producer can be found).

The company is looking either for a technological agreement to integrate the technology to their solution or process, either for a Research cooperation agreement with a partner having strong know-how in organic acids production to work together on the development of the new solution or process. The company can be the acid producer working under a license agreement too.

Partnership can also be considered via a manufacturing agreement with an industrial company having the ability to produce such compounds.


Partner expertise sought:

- Type of partner sought: Expertise in biomass processing leading to the production of organic acids.
Expertise in lactic acid extraction from whey after beneficiation by bacterial activation.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: Companies, R&D centers or laboratories having strong know-how in organic acids production or the ability to produce such compounds.

The SME can be the acid producer or the end-user (and buy the organic acids to an established producer if no producer can be found).

The company is looking either for a technological agreement to integrate the technology to their solution or process, either for a Research cooperation agreement with a partner having strong know-how in organic acids production to work together on the development of the new solution or process. The company can be the acid producer working under a license agreement too.

Partnership can also be considered via a manufacturing agreement with an industrial company having the ability to produce such compounds.

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KEY INFORMATION

Country of origin
FRANCE
Profile date
17/06/2019
Deadline
30/11/2019

PARTNERSHIP(S) SOUGHT

License agreement Manufacturing agreement Technical cooperation agreement Research cooperation agreement

CLASSIFICATIONS

INDUSTRY SECTORS
Industrial Manufacture \ Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
TECHNOLOGY KEYWORDS
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES / Industrial Biotechnology / Biobased Materials / BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES / Industrial Biotechnology / Fermentation / BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES / Industrial Biotechnology / Bioprocesses
COMMERCIAL KEYWORDS
Manufacture of pesticides and other agrochemical products
MARKET KEYWORDS
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS / Chemicals and Materials / Agricultural chemicals

FIND OUT MORE

Contact Enterprise Europe Network Scotland by email at info@enterprise-europe-scotland.com, quoting reference number TRFR20180315001