New chemical facility produces surfactant from renewable feedstock

New chemical facility produces surfactant from renewable feedstock

If mankind is to really reduce its impact on the climate by reducing carbon emissions, everyone should reconsider raw material is being used.

The challenge lies in the fact that much of the modern world depends on fossil fuels. and also Manufacture of basic household cleaning agents processing is based on crude oil feedstocks For making petrochemical products such as Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate either Synthetic Alcohol Ethoxylates,

These Chemical products are surfactantsthere are more used in cleaning products To break down fats, oils and greases.

early attempts to make low carbon emissions chemicals still needed petrochemical input mixed with natural feedstocks, allowed for further research Manufacture of completely bio-based surfactants But were based on natural oils obtained from tropical climates. shipping distance Feedstock source to market a big couple carbon footprintWhile several production methods are used Hazardous raw materials and processes,

However, an entirely new process has been developed that avoids these pitfalls.

This new generation of surfactants is called rhamnolipids or sophorolipids, they can be Produced without petrochemical input but instead . are based on Sugar as a Primary Feedstock,

The new process is also viable on an industrial scale, as the manufacturer, Evonik explains, “[Rhamnolipids can be produced] From locally sourced (EU) bio-based raw materials without the use of tropical oils. They are manufactured by a safe, gentle and low energy fermentation process… [and can] Perform in any condition – independent of water quality.”

The new facility is to be built by Evonik in the city of Slovenská upa, Slovakia, where the company will build New generation of cleaning agents Under the trademark names of RHEANCE® One for personal care applications and for REWOFERM® RL 100 cleaning solution,

“With this investment we are pioneering a new market,” says Johann-Casper Gamelin“As we believe it will change the way the world cleans,” said President of the Nutrition and Care Division at Evonik.

according to evonicNew biosurfactants“…not only remove grease and dirt but there are also Eco friendly and gentle on the skin, they are 100 percent biodegradable And so enable the circular economy. they come with Lowest Aquatic Toxic Profile available on surfactant market and are safe for marine life.” Adding that new product, “…will convince sources and consumers that environmental compatibility and cleaning power should not be contradictory.”

Manufacturers say that REWOFERM® Biosurfactants,

Suitable for both domestic and industrial purposes

The most environmentally friendly surfactants on the market

Meet the requirements of OECD 301F and EN ISO 11734 For rapid biodegradability in both aerobic and anaerobic conditions

Has exceptional foam forming properties Make them suitable for use in household cleaners and personal care products such as shampoos and micellar water

Score an exceptional 100% on the Renewable Carbon Index (RCI)

have a pleasant taste Which enables their use in oral care products such as toothpaste without strong taste-masking components.

· Perform significantly better Compared to all conventional, reference surfactant products in water toxicity tests (OECD 211 and 202)

,rhamnolipids We are an important part of our Clean Future initiative, which has set a goal to eliminate fossil carbon in all cleaning products by 2030,” says Peter Deckers, Executive Vice President Central Europe, Unilever. “We want to create sustainability Easy for everyone using our products. The partnership with Evonik helps our brands move away from fossil fuels without compromising on performance or affordability. ,

The Evonik Firmas site in Slovakia was established more than 25 years ago, during which time it has become a strategic location and a biotech hub. industrial chemical development,

A significant part of this triple-digit million-euro investment is the construction of the world’s first industrial-scale facility Manufacture of high quality, sustainable biosurfactants on a commercial scale.

As Gamelin concludes, “It’s a game changer for cleaning and personal care products.”


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