Lummus and RWDC Link on Polyhydroxyalkanoates

17.04.2023 - Lummus Technology and US biotech RWDC Industries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate on deploying polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), a group of natural biodegradable polyesters that are a sustainable alternative to fossil-based plastics.

The collaboration combining Lummus’ expertise in process technology and RWDC’s expertise in PHA production and application is intended to significantly accelerate global availability and mass adoption of PHAs through global licensing opportunities. RWDC uses plant-based oils, including post-consumer or waste cooking oils, to produce its proprietary Solon PHA, which can be organically recycled or composted.

“We are excited to combine Lummus and RWDC’s collective expertise, experience and resources to commercialize PHAs, a sustainable and economic solution to help address global plastic waste,” said Lummus president and CEO Leon de Bruyn. “Together, we can provide eco-friendly biodegradable plastics, while driving innovation and advancing the circular economy of our industry.”

In June 2021, RWDC announced a collaboration with US multinational personal care giant Kimberly-Clark, which aims to cut the use of fossil-based plastics by half by 2030.  Under the deal, the companies agreed to jointly develop personal care products featuring RWDC’s Solon PHA over the next five years.

Author: Elaine Burridgeeee, Freelance Journalist