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Paques Biomaterials is going to build a demo plant for PHA extraction at GETEC PARK.EMMEN, in the Northern Netherlands. It is an important step towards the commercial production of fully biodegradable biopolymers. The plant is scheduled to be operational by 2023.
Editorial office / Emmen

Paques Biomaterials has successfully developed a process to produce a fully biodegradable biopolymer from organic waste streams: polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA). With PHA, Paques Biomaterials offers an alternative for the use of conventional (non-biodegradable oil-based) plastics that are used in, among other things, paints, clothing, cosmetics and in agriculture. In this way Paques Biomaterials offers a fully circular solution for the future.

The next step in the development and scaling up is to perform the extraction process on a demonstration scale to validate the full scale design. Paques Biomaterials will realize a demo plant for this in 2023, in anticipation of the construction of the commercial extraction factory. The final investment decision for this is expected in 2024.

The commercial extraction plant, with a capacity of 6 kton PHA per year, is planned to be commissioned in the course of 2026 and will be located on a plot of about 3.2 hectares next to GETEC PARK.EMMEN. Joost Pâques, Managing Director of Paques Biomaterials: “We choose Emmen because everything comes together here: the focus on green chemistry, the Chemport ecosystem, partners, people, and the location.”

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