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Creating non-petroleum materials

Toray Industries, Inc.

Outline

By combining membrane separation technology with biotechnology and organic synthesis technology, Toray is pursuing research and development of membrane-integrated bioprocesses that use separation membranes for water treatment in saccharification, fermentation, and purification processes. This technology makes it possible to produce raw sugar from non-edible biomass and dramatically improve fermentation efficiency, helping to realize non-petroleum materials.
Toray is demonstrating the usefulness of membrane-integrated bioprocesses through scaled-up verification and is establishing saccharification, fermentation and purification technologies using non-edible biomass.
By chemically converting plant-derived products obtained by membrane-integrated bioprocesses into polymer raw materials, and by introducing them into the existing supply chain, it is possible to reduce total CO2 emissions and shift from petroleum resources to plant-based raw materials.

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