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Solvay collaborates with Trillium on bio-based acrylonitrile for carbon fiber applications

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Solvay (Brussels, Belgium) and Trillium Renewable Chemicals (Birmingham, Alabama, USA) have signed a letter of intent to develop the bio-based acrylonitrile (bio-ACN) supply chain. Trillium will supply Solvay with bio-ACN from the planned business assets of Trillium, and Solvay will evaluate bio-ACN for the manufacture of carbon fiber as part of its long-term commitment to develop sustainable solutions from sources biobased or recycled. The goal of this partnership is to produce carbon fiber for use in various applications such as aerospace, automotive, energy and consumer goods.

“Trillium’s bio-ACN process technology enables bio-carbon fiber,” says Corey Tyree, CEO of Trillium. “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Solvay, which has supported the development of bio-ACN process technology since 2014. Solvay is a leader in the fastest growing acrylonitrile segment. [carbon fiber] and are market leaders in bio-carbon fiber and sustainable development.

Acrylonitrile is a chemical intermediate typically made from petroleum-based raw materials such as propylene, and is the primary raw material used in the production of carbon fiber. Trillium’s Bio-ACN process provides acrylonitrile from plant raw materials, such as glycerol, with a lower carbon footprint.

“We are delighted to partner with Trillium, which fits well with our Solvay One Planet commitment to more than double our revenues based on renewable or recycled materials by 2030,” comments Stephen Heinz, head of research and development. composite innovation at Solvay. “Innovation partnerships like this are driven by the desire to have a real impact on sustainability. Bio-based raw materials are a key part of Solvay’s sustainability strategy, and we look forward to being a bio-ACN consumer from Trillium’s first bio-based acrylonitrile plant.


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