Ray Technology™

Imagine a cost-competitive solution to making the plastics and textiles markets more sustainable.

Our Ray Technology™ is a highly efficient process that converts plant-based sugars into glycols, which are important chemical building blocks for the polyester value chain. Avantium is scaling up its Ray Technology™ and the demonstration plant in Delfzijl, the Netherlands opened on November 7, 2019.

A bright step to the future

Avantium’s Ray Technology™ is a highly efficient one-step hydro-genolysis process to produce mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) from plant-based industrial sugars.

MEG is a component for making everyday consumer goods, such as PET and PEF plastics and polyester textiles. This means developing an environmentally friendly plant-based version of this component has strong commercial potential. Avantium’s Ray Technology™ can deliver plant-based MEG competitive with incumbent fossil-based MEG, both in terms of quality and cost, while showing sustainability benefits through significantly lower CO2 emissions.

The RAY demonstration plant is supported by the European Investment Council (EIC) under the SME Instrument (Phase 2); by a grant from the European Regional Development Fund (EFRD) through Samenwerkingsverband Noord Nederland (SNN); by a subsidy from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program for coordinating the Industry Consortium VEHICLE; and by a SPIRE grant, part of Horizon 2020, for participating and coordinating the IMPRESS consortium.

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