Danimer Scientific and Chevron Phillips Chemical to collaborate to make biodegradable plastic products
28 September 2023
Chevron Phillips Chemical is expanding its partnership with Danimer Scientific, a bioplastics company based in Georgia. This collaboration aims to explore the development and commercialization of high-volume biodegradable plastic products using Danimer's Rinnovo™ polymers, utilizing CPChem's loop slurry reactor process at its facility in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Danimer Scientific is known for its pioneering work in creating renewable and sustainable biopolymers, leading to the production of plastic products that are biodegradable and compostable.
Rinnovo™ is a specific type of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) derived from lactones generated using Danimer's proprietary Novo22™ catalyst technology. It is utilized in the production of biodegradable alternatives to conventional plastics.
This expanded collaboration builds upon a previously announced agreement between Danimer and CPChem. In this earlier agreement, Danimer was assessing the use of CPChem's loop slurry reactor design to develop a continuous reactor system as part of the manufacturing process for Rinnovo™.
Stephen E. Croskrey, CEO of Danimer, expressed optimism about the partnership, stating, "Our business relationship with CPChem continues to yield results, and we're excited for the further opportunities that lie ahead. CPChem's Research and Technology lab in Bartlesville, Okla., is a premier facility staffed with world-class talent, which we believe will accelerate the path toward adoption of Rinnovo™ materials in high-volume applications that will assist in lowering the cost to serve key markets."
CPChem's Bartlesville facility, established in 1950 by Phillips 66, is equipped with state-of-the-art research equipment that enables rapid product testing under various processing conditions. Additionally, the facility's testing and analytical capabilities provide a quicker feedback loop, expediting the development and optimization of resin formulations.
Venki Chandrashekar, CPChem Vice President of Research and Technology, expressed enthusiasm about their MarTECH® process technology and related collaborations, stating, "We continue to be excited about the potential of our MarTECH® process technology and related collaborations to advance Danimer's Rinnovo™, another CPChem initiative that can help accelerate change for a more sustainable future." This partnership reflects a commitment to advancing sustainable solutions in the plastics industry.