Danimer Scientific’s leaders plan to purchase and revitalize the 88,000-square-foot former Alltech algae building on Rolling Hills Lane in Winchester. The company will use the fermentation plant to produce its proprietary Nodax™ polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) material. Nodax™ PHA is a biopolymer that can be used to manufacture a vast array of versatile, biodegradable plastic products, including drinking straws, food packaging, cups, bottles, shopping bags, plates, trash bags, labels and more. The material is compostable, 100 percent bio-based and biodegradable in anaerobic, soil, fresh water and marine environments. Work could begin next month and company leaders aim to start operations in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The production of Danimer’s Nodax™ PHA begins with fermentation where canola oil is consumed by soil bacteria and converted into PHA, which is then processed into a powder form. The powder will be transported to the company’s Bainbridge, Ga. facility and combined with other biopolymers to manufacture biodegradable plastic resins.
“This facility marks a major milestone for our company,” Danimer Scientific CEO Stephen Croskrey said. “It will be the world’s first PHA commercial production plant, positioning us to provide our Nodax™ PHA biodegradable plastic material for a wide variety of applications, from food packaging to drinking straws and more. Kentucky’s state resources and strong local workforce have provided us with a significant leg up in getting this project off the ground.”
Source: Danimer Scientific, press release, 2018-09-25.
Author: Richard Ivey