Manufacturing & Prototyping

Delivering Bio-Based Fuel from Feedstock

Thousands of common industrial and consumer products are manufactured with the chemical propylene glycol. Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory discovered a viable way to deliver propylene glycol from renewable feedstock, including glycerin byproducts. Decatur, IL-based company Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) licensed that technology and in 2010 completed construction and commissioning of its full-scale production facility for the sole purpose of commercializing the process. The new facility has 200 million pounds annual production capacity, and achieved full operational status in March 2011. It is the only facility producing bio-based industrial propylene glycol from renewable sources in the United States.