In Virginia, Tyton BioEnergy Systems and Sunchem announced a research and commercial partnership combining Tyton’s research, development and commercial capabilities with Sunchem’s Solaris tobacco variety to establish a globally significant alliance to advance tobacco-based green chemicals and biofuels. The partners are committed to introducing energy tobacco as a feedstock of choice that can compete with the economics of oil while protecting the environment.
This relationship builds on Tyton’s and Sunchem’s existing outside relationships to further the use of tobacco for green chemicals.
Tyton is collaborating with Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, French chemical company Deinove, a green chemicals leader, and a global tobacco company that is developing non-smoking uses for tobacco. Sunchem is collaborating with SkyNRG, RSB, South African Airways, Boeing, ENI and Alitalia-Etihad to make jet fuel from Solaris together with other green components like paper and biomass both for biogas and power generation. The companies will implement research projects in Tyton’s Virginia laboratories to boost productivity of Sunchem’s Solaris tobacco variety and optimize extraction using Tyton’s patented technology. Further research and development activities will follow.