Startup making plastic biodegradable.

A University College Dublin research team recently patented a process to produce biodegradable plastic from plastic bottles, and that patent has led to the formation of a company, Bioplastech Ltd., to develop, process and market the technology. Dr. Kevin O’Connor, founder and CEO of Bioplastech, led the team and the biodegradable plastic they produce is called polyhydroxyalkanoate PHA. The Ireland-based Bioplastech converts waste, agricultural byproducts and petrochemical products into PHA, a linear polyester produced by bacterial fermentation of sugar or lipids that can store carbon and energy. The company, which was formed last year and employs 10 people, is also looking at waste food oils and biodiesel.

via Bioplastech Startup Making Plastic Biodegradable |Triple Pundit.

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