Making Biosurfactants Economically Viable

Making Biosurfactants Economically Viable

reducing the use of fossil fuels and making chemical products that are less toxic Long term goals for the chemical industry, But is it economically viable?

There has certainly been a substantial investment in manufacturing of daily chemicalssuch as surfactantswhich are not only made of Renewable feedstock but also biodegradable,

Potential feedstocks for biosurfactant production and its advantages over petroleum based raw materials.

preliminary results Produced surfactant made from a mixture of petroleum and bio-based raw materials, These were later developed into products made entirely from natural sugars, but required bio-feedstocks from tropical climate. import of such foreign raw materials Add your own carbon footprint.

Recently, researchers have found biological agents such as the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa LBI strain, which can produce glycolipid biosurfactants (sophorolipids) or rhamnolipids From European or North American grown corn or sunflower oil.

However, the challenge of achieving economically viable industrial production still remains. as Mentioned in a study“There are many Glycolipid Biosurfactants (Sophorolipids) Manufactured in large quantities and sold on the market for between $2 to $5 per kilogram. However, even with Increased demand for eco-friendly microbial surfactantsIt remains difficult to produce them at a cost-effective price, which hinders their wide market acceptance. ,

Competitive Pricing of Biosurfactants in the Detergent Market limited due to their higher prices than synthetic surfactant Which is usually half the price.

In particular, the report states that the cost of mass production, “Sophorolipid and Rhamnolipid BiosurfactantsAbout US$ 2.5/Kg and US$ 5/Kg, compared to US$ 1/Kg respectively Synthetic Alkyl Polyglycoside Surfactant,

However, since the publication of that report, chemical industry has analyzed ways to improve production efficiency and lower costs. This has been achieved by identifying new hyper-productive microorganisms, improving downstream processing, genetically modifying production strains, using waste or others. low cost raw materialOptimizing media and growth conditions, and capturing multiple by-products.

Progress in these areas has allowed many facilities to be launched successfully. Production of biosurfactants which are competitively priced in the market,

An example is the start-up HolyFarm affiliated with the University of Manchester, which recently announced Construction of a “new commercial plant” [which] Will Produce 1,100 tons of biosurfactants per year for global supplyInitially focusing on sophorolipid production for Holifarm’s existing customers and distributors, such as MixCleanGreen, Starbrands, Azelis and Eurosyn.

However, this $7 million investment is less than the funding Evonik provided to transform its Slovenskásupa site in Slovakia, which it says is “a commercial pioneer.” High Quality, Durable BiosurfactantsThe facility previously used a biotech-process to produce amino acids for animal feedbut now hopes to reconfigure the site into a strategic Biotechnology hub.

“We invest more than €400 million per year in our research and development,” says Harald Schwager, Chief Innovation Officer of Evonik. “Travel rhamnolipids It’s been a long time from initial idea to finished product, but it’s worth it. ,

Evonik Biosurfactant Plant at the Slovenskasupa site in Slovakia. with the permission of evoniki,

In doing so, the company has created a Economically viable facility for manufacturing a range of fermentation-based products For applications in animal nutrition, pharmaceutical productsAnd this Cosmetic and personal care industry,

The investment comes from Evonik’s Nutrition and Care Life Sciences Division which has a declared target “To increase its share of system solutions from 20% today to over 50% by 2030.”

most importantly, Biosurfactants Produced in Slovenskapse The site has already found success with consumers, including Unilever. Biochemistry in various products Like washing up liquid.

As Peter Deckers, Unilever’s Executive Vice President Central Europe, explains, “rhamnolipids are an important part of our Clean Future initiative which has set the goal of replacing fossil carbon in all cleaning products by 2030. We want to make sustainability easy for everyone who uses our products. The partnership with Evonik helps our brands move away from fossil fuels without compromising on performance or affordability. ,

its purpose is Maintaining a good cleaning product at a competitive price Without the use of fossil fuels which is what makes projects like this so worthwhile. Production of biosurfactants on an industrial scale A significant change for those who are economically viable chemical industry, But more importantly, there is a better way to clean it.


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