First pilot plant to produce adipic acid, a key component of nylon 6,6 has been unveiled by Verdezyne, Inc., a privately held industrial biotechnology company focused on producing renewable chemicals and fuels from non-petroleum sources. The new facility, located in Carlsbad, California, will be used to accelerate the commercialization of Verdezyne's bio-based adipic acid, which is one of two components used to manufacture ‘green' nylon 6,6 and thermoplastic polyurethane resins from renewable sources, such as non-food based vegetable oils.
"We are excited to achieve this key milestone," said Dr. E. William Radany, president and CEO of Verdezyne. "This is the first demonstration of the production of bio-based adipic acid at scale from a non-petroleum source. Our novel yeast platform enables production of adipic acid at a lower cost than current petrochemical manufacturing processes." In addition to lower production costs, Verdezyne's method for producing adipic acid offers a number of advantages over petroleum-based methods. The company's yeast fermentation process uses non-food, plant-based feedstocks to produce a variety of commercial diacids. Moreover, Verdezyne's production methods are expected to generate less CO2 and other pollutants as compared with incumbent methods. Dr. Stephen Picataggio, chief scientific officer of Verdezyne. "This plant will allow us to demonstrate the scalability of our process, validate our cost projections and generate sufficient quantities of material for commercial market development."