|19 April 2016|

Comet Biorefining and BioAmber have agreed a deal which will support the production of dextrose from agricultural residues.

They have signed an off-take agreement for high-purity dextrose from Comet’s planned commercial plant in Sarnia, Ontario; which will be produced from agricultural residues using Comet’s innovative technology.

Comet’s technology enables sugars to be produced competitively from biomass versus corn or cane-derived sugars, the benchmark raw materials for today’s biochemical production. Comet’s facilities can also be built on a smaller scale enabling greater flexibility to locate production closer to biomass supplies and lower a region’s greenhouse gas footprint.

The off-take agreement is the culmination of development work performed by Comet and BioAmber as part of BioIndustrial Innovation Canada’s recently completed cellulosic sugar study.

Andrew Richard, Chairman and Founder of Comet Biorefining, said, “Having off-take agreements in place with bioeconomy leaders like BioAmber demonstrates the market’s confidence in our technology and products.  As a trusted feedstock partner, Comet is helping to build a successful bioeconomy hub in Sarnia, Ontario, close to plentiful biomass.  We are extremely pleased to welcome Jean-Francois Huc as a member of our board.”

Jean-Francois Huc, BioAmber CEO commented, “We have tested many second generation sugars and Comet offers dextrose that is on par with dextrose from corn, both in terms of quality and price. Comet has proven this by operating a large demonstration plant in Italy, setting them apart from others.  Comet has also put together a unique value chain in Southwestern Ontario, bringing together farmers, technology, off-takers and government.  We are looking forward to participating in their exciting growth prospects.”