Partnering opportunity

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

Summary

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.

Technical Specification or Expertise Sought

Expertise in biomass processing leading to the production of organic acids. Expertise in lactic acid extraction from whey after beneficiation by bacterial activation.

Partner sought

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.

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.

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Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

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