Danimer Scientific will produce PHA under the trade name Nodax.
Nodax PHA is 100% bio-based and biodegradable in anaerobic, soil, fresh water and marine environments. It biodegrades as fast as cellulose powder or wood pulp in a proper waste management setting and will biodegrade over six months in ocean water.
Nodax™ PHA has a low melt temperature and crystallinity with broad process window.
The production of Nodax PHA starts with fermentation: canola oil is consumed by soil bacteria and converted into PHA. The PHA is processed into a powder form and mixed with other biopolymers resulting in a biodegradable plastic resins.
Kentucky provided tax incentives for more than $1.5 million.
The PHA will be commercially available but the estimated annual production will be around 10.000 tons per year. In other words, supplied on first come, first basis or to strategic partners.