May 3, 2017

VTT creates bottles out of plants

The method has already raised interest.
The method has already raised interest.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a method for the production of furan dicarboxylic acid (FDCA) from plant sugars.

FDCA can be used to produce items such as drinking bottles, paints and industrial resins. According to VTT, the method is “environmentally sound and economical”.

At the moment, the main ingredient in the production of drinking bottles is oil-based PET, although in the past few years renewable alternatives have been developed. VTT’s new method provides another route for the packaging and beverage industries to expand the use of renewable materials.

VTT has patented the method for producing FDCA from sugar or sugar waste. It can be scaled up to industrial purposes without substantial investments,

The research and design has been funded by VTT and Tekes. VTT will present the method in September.


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