Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Friday, July 15, 2011

Biofuel maker claims new technology can create PET bottles from waste
By Guy Montague-Jones, 13-Jul-2011

Making PET bottles from agricultural waste may be harder than using conventional cane sugars but it is possible, claims biofuel manufacturer Virent.

The US-based company recently announced that it had created a PET feedstock - paraxylene (PX) - entirely from plant-based sugars using its own catalytic process.

The process results in the creation of a PET product, which has been trademarked BioFormPX, identical to PET made from petroleum.

Moreover, Virent claims it is possible to use a wide variety of feedstocks.

Read more