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Sweetwater, Naturally Scientific Announce 15 Year Project to Produce Biochemicals from Sugars

Published on 2013-05-06. Author : SpecialChem

Sweetwater Energy, Inc., a Rochester NY-based cellulosic sugar producer, recently announced a project to provide Naturally Scientific with customized industrial sugars over the course of 15 years in a transaction valued at $250 million.

Sweetwater will use its patented, decentralized process to convert locally available cellulosic material, such as crop residues, energy crops, and wood waste into sugar, which Naturally Scientific will utilize to process into high-value vegetable oils in the United States.

"It's very exciting to be an early adopter of Sweetwater's technology," says Geoff Dixon, CEO of Naturally Scientific. "We'll be accepting in excess of 50,000 tons of cellulosic sugar annually, which adds a new, greener dimension to the oils we produce."

"This agreement shows how Sweetwater's sugar is an ideal feedstock-not just for biofuel production, but also ideal for biochemicals," says Arunas Chesonis, Chairman and CEO of Sweetwater Energy. "Naturally Scientific's innovative oil technology meshes amazingly well with Sweetwater's. We're looking forward to helping Naturally Scientific expand new markets for bio-based oils."

Naturally Scientific is in active discussions with several municipalities in the eastern United States to determine where to locate their facility. Sweetwater will place its cellulosic facilities near the Naturally Scientific site and will deliver clarified sugars directly to Naturally Scientific.

About Naturally Scientific

Naturally Scientific has spent five years creating its modular, rapid-growth and high-yield bio-manufacturing platform. The company has constructed a demonstration plant in Nottingham, UK, that has been fully operational for two years, producing oils. The demonstration plant uses full-sized equipment that proves the technology, automated process control systems, yields and unit economics at a commercial scale.

About Sweetwater Energy

Sweetwater Energy uses a unique technology to produce low-cost sugars from non-food plant materials. The company's sugar solution is sold to refineries, which use it to produce biofuels, biochemicals, and bioplastics. Unlike petroleum-based technologies, Sweetwater Energy's process uses renewable plant materials that are both grown domestically and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Source: Sweetwater Energy

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