Developing and Driving Adoption of a New Generation of Renewable Chemicals

ADM continues to invest in research to develop a broad range of renewable alternatives to petroleum-derived chemicals. Many of these chemicals, made from starch and oilseed-based feedstocks, are in the early development phase, while others are approaching the pilot-plant demonstration phase. 

Among our successes to date and key works in progress:

  • Renewable propylene glycol: Our USP-grade version is used in fragrances, cosmetics and personal-care products; food and flavorings; pet foods and animal feed; and pharmaceutical applications. Our industrial-grade PG is used in coolants and antifreeze; hydraulic and brake fluids; aircraft deicing fluid; heat transfer fluids; and paints and coatings. In March 2014, ADM and Hawkins, Inc. introduced Chill-Pro, a USDA-certified, biobased heat transfer fluid made with our propylene glycol. Chill-Pro is designed to maintain a constant temperature and provide superior freeze protection for closed-loop, water-based HVAC systems.
  • Ethanol improvements: We continue to make process improvements to increase yields at our dry mills, which produce fuel ethanol as well as co-products such as distillers’ dried grains and solubles, or DDGS, for use in animal feed. Continued improvements allow us to reduce our energy use and improve our capital efficiency.
  • Investing in Rennovia, a privately held company that develops catalysts and processes for the cost-advantaged production of chemical products from renewable feedstocks. We are optimistic that our collaboration with Rennovia will enable us to expand our portfolio of value-added renewable chemicals.

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