What is EGgPLANT?
EGgPLANT is short for: Sustainable and carbon-efficient mono-Ethylene Glycol generation in demonstration PLANT.
Mono-ethylene glycol (MEG)
- MEG is a key monomer in the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyethylene furanoate (PEF) plastics.
99% of MEG produced globally is derived from a petrochemical source.
Currently, commercially available bio-based MEG is made by an inefficient, expensive process prohibiting its widespread use.
- Avantium has developed the one-step ‘Mekong’ process for producing a drop-in bio-MEG from renewable resources.
- The Mekong process produced bio-MEG from renewable resources that can compete with existing petrochemical MEG in both cost and quality.
- To build a demonstration plant (11 ton/year) which allows for the technoeconomic validation of the process in addition to producing sample material in support of scale-up to industrial volumes.
Key Persons Involved:
- Ronny Pals – Plant Manager
- Paula Claassens-Dekker – Project Leader and Operations Manager
- Ed de Jong – Vice President, Development
- Eelco Blum – Vice President, Business Development
- Ben McKay – Vice President, Innovation
- Zanna McFerson – Managing Director, Renewable Chemistries
- Gert-Jan Gruter – Chief Technology Officer