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Trillium selects INEOS for next sustainable acrylonitrile facility

   Date:2024-06-06     Source:CompositesWorld     Hits:158     Comment:0    
Core tips:INEOS, backing 75% of the world’s operating acrylonitrile capacity, will establish the conversion of plant-based glycerol into acrylonitrile in early 2025.

INEOS Green Lake facility in Port Lavaca, Texas. Source | Trillium Renewable Chemicals

Trillium Renewable Chemicals (Knoxville, Tenn., U.S.) has announced the selection of INEOS Nitriles’ Green Lake facility in Port Lavaca, Texas to establish a demonstration plant for converting plant-based glycerol into acrylonitrile. The demonstration plant is named “Project Falcon.”

Trillium has developed technology for producing sustainable acrylonitrile, a key raw material in numerous industries — and the primary feedstock used to produce polyacrylonitrile (PAN) for carbon fiber. Selection of INEOS, a global manufacturer of petrochemicals, underscores Trillium's ambition to scale up its technology in an industrial environment.

“Trillium is thrilled that INEOS Nitriles Green Lake, home to America’s largest acrylonitrile production plant, will serve as the home for Project Falcon,” says Corey Tyree, CEO of Trillium Renewable Chemicals. “This milestone is a significant step forwards in bringing our technology to market and producing sustainable bio-based acrylonitrile at scale.”

Following a $10.6M Series A financing round in December 2022 and $2.5 million award from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office in June 2022, Trillium constructed a pilot plant that successfully produced acrylonitrile from glycerol. Trillium’s sustainable acrylonitrile offers a lower carbon footprint than standard acrylonitrile based on the Sohiopropylene process. The company’s approach addresses growing customer demand for greener bio based raw materials.


Trillium continues to operate a pilot plant and has successfully provided samples to customer. Pilot operations also have contributed valuable insights for the design of the Falcon plant, which will be operated at the INEOS Nitriles Green Lake site.


“Our support of this project, which is part of our wider sustainability strategy, emphasizes our commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of the industry,” adds Hans Casier, CEO of INEOS Nitriles. We look forward to working closely with Trillium to help achieve this objective.”


The operation of Project Falcon will help to validate commercial-scale economics and product carbon footprint at scale. Emphasis will be placed on achieving process performance criteria such as plant uptime, demonstrating key equipment in its final form and securing qualification as a supplier of bio-based acrylonitrile. Set to commence operations in early 2025, the project will run through early 2026.

For related content, read “Trillium partners with Zeton to design sustainable acrylonitrile plant.”

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