Sustainable and carbon-efficient mono-Ethylene Glycol generation in demonstration PLANT


EGgPLANT is a grant project supported by the European Investment Council (EIC) under the SME Instrument (Phase 2). Its objective is to build a demonstration plant (11 ton/year) which allows for the techno-economic validation of the process in addition to producing sample material in support of scale-up to industrial volumes.

MEG is a key monomer in the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyethylene furanoate (PEF) plastics.


Today 99% of MEG produced globally is derived from a petrochemical source and the only commercially available bio-based MEG is made by an inefficient, expensive process prohibiting its widespread use.

Avantium has developed the one-step Ray Technology™ process for producing a drop-in bio-MEG and bio-MPG from renewable resources. The Ray process produced bio-MEG and bio-MPG from renewable resources that can compete with existing petrochemical MEG and MPG in both cost and quality.

The EGgPLANT project has been successfully completed with the build and start-up of the Ray Technology™ demonstration plant, the production of plantMEG™ and plantMPG™, the validation of our plant-based glycols in relevant applications, the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on the Ray plantMEG™ and the preparation for scale-up to industrial size plants. The next phase after this project is to deploy a Ray commercial flagship plant.


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