Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Technology
Networks
Scientific Communities
 
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article
  News
Return

Rivertop Renewables Begins Contract Manufacturing to Scale-Up Green Chemicals

Published: Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Bookmark and Share
Demonstrated capability of breakthrough oxidation technology enables commercial-scale products and advanced testing.

Rivertop Renewables (www.rivertop.com), a Montana-based renewable chemicals company, today announced it has successfully scaled its patented process technology from the lab to pilot manufacturing. Rivertop has contracted with DTI (www.danchemtechnology.com), a custom manufacturer of fine and specialty chemical products based in Danville, Virginia, to pilot the manufacture of Rivertop's sustainable, high performing, cost-competitive, glucarate-based products. Product made in this initial phase of contract manufacturing will be used to fulfill Rivertop's commercial contracts for bio-based corrosion inhibitors. Remaining volumes of manufactured product will be used by the company and its customers to develop and test glucarate applications in a myriad of other industrial and consumer markets.

"Demonstrating the capability of our technology is another key milestone for our company and proof point for our oxidation process," said Jere Kolstad, President of Rivertop. "Contract manufacturing is a critical step along the way to a capital-efficient technology deployment strategy that yields a high return on investment."

Commencing in February 2012, Rivertop's pilot manufacturing has produced numerous batches of glucarate-based products at approximately 850 pounds per run. DTI's unique manufacturing technologies and flexibility enabled the accurate scaling of Rivertop's platform oxidation process. Data derived from these and subsequent runs will enable Rivertop and DTI to scale to a capacity up to 10 million pounds of contract-manufactured product per year. This next scale of production is projected to come online in the fourth quarter of 2012.

"The DTI team is excited to see and support the Rivertop team in reaching another key milestone in their business strategy," said Tim Condron, CEO of DTI. "Both teams worked tirelessly and collaboratively to meet an aggressive project timeline to transition the Rivertop technology from the lab to a manufacturing environment. This is an exciting time for the Rivertop team and we are positive the market will respond well to this new technology."

In addition to starting contract manufacturing, Rivertop is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion of its research and development laboratories, including the construction of a semi-works facility, at its headquarters in Missoula, Montana. Successful contract manufacturing combined with the coming semi-works will enable the company to scale directly from pilot to global scale production in the coming years, removing the need for a costly demonstration plant.

The Department of Energy (DOE) has identified glucaric acid as one of the top 12 chemicals of the future made from renewable sources. Rivertop initially plans to use its glucaric acid products as an effective and cost-competitive replacement for phosphates in the multi-billion dollar markets for global detergent builders, as well as corrosion inhibitors and chelants to protect transportation and industrial infrastructure without damaging water quality. Multiple longer-term opportunities exist in the company's research with advanced biodegradable polymers, adhesives, and other functional materials. Rivertop's platform process is capable of utilizing a wide variety of sugars to produce a large spectrum of green chemicals and bio-based products that possess a range of properties with applications in various markets.


Further Information

Join For Free

Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 3,500+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More Than 5,000+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters


Sign In



Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into TechnologyNetworks.com you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.


Scientific News
Point of Care Diagnostics - A Cautious Revolution
Advances in molecular biology, coupled with the miniaturization and improved sensitivity of assays and devices in general, have enabled a new wave of point-of-care (POC) or “bedside” diagnostics.
Mass Spec Technology Drives Innovation Across the Biopharma Workflow
With greater resolving power, analytical speed, and accuracy, new mass spectrometry technology and techniques are infiltrating the biopharmaceuticals workflow.
One Step Closer to Precision Medicine for Chronic Lung Disease Sufferers
A study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and National Jewish Health, has provided evidence of links between SNPs and known COPD blood protein biomarkers.
Researchers Find a Gap in the Brain’s Firewall Against Parkinson’s Disease
Researchers at NIH have found mouse study that identified a key player in the progression of the disorder.
Fat Cells That Amplify Nerve Signals in Response to Cold Also Affect Blood Sugar Metabolism
Researchers at UTSW have found that the protein connexin 43 forms cell-to-cell communication channels on the surface of emerging beige fat cells that amplify the signals from those few nerve fibers.
Drug to Treat Alcohol Use Disorder Shows Promise Among Drinkers With High Stress
The findings suggest that potential future studies with drugs targeting vasopressin blockade should focus on populations of people with AUD who also report high levels of stress.
C Dots Show Powerful Tumor Killing Effect
Nanoparticles known as Cornell dots, or C dots, have shown great promise as a therapeutic tool in the detection and treatment of cancer.
Faecal Bacteria Linked to Body Fat
Researchers at King’s College London have found a new link between the diversity of bacteria in human poo – known as the human faecal microbiome - and levels of abdominal body fat.
How Baby’s Genes Influence Birth Weight And Later Life Disease
The large-scale study could help to target new ways of preventing and treating these diseases.
Genes Underlying Dogs’ Social Ability Revealed
The social ability of dogs is affected by genes that also seem to influence human behaviour, according to a new study from Linköping University in Sweden.
Scroll Up
Scroll Down
Skyscraper Banner

Skyscraper Banner
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
 
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
3,500+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
5,000+ scientific videos
Close
Premium CrownJOIN TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS PREMIUM FOR FREE!