Cargill, Virent partner to study use of BioForming technology

Biobased fuels and chemicals play a critical role in meeting the increasing global demand for more environmentally friendly sources of energy and plastics to make clothing, electronics, packaging, and building materials. To explore the production of these renewable resources, Cargill and Virent Inc. are working together to evaluate the use of Cargill’s corn dextrose as a feedstock to Virent’s BioForming technology for the production of “drop-in” low-carbon biofuels and biochemicals.

Virent’s BioForming technology uses sugars found in plants as a feedstock to produce drop-in renewable gasoline and jet fuel, as well as lower carbon biochemicals, including bio-paraxylene, a key raw material for producing 100 percent renewable and recyclable biopolyester. The sugars may originate from any plant source, including first generation crops such as corn, sugar cane and sugar beets, as well as lignocellulosic materials derived from wood, corn stover, bagasse and other sources.

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