Circa receive green light to sell non-toxic, bio-based and biodegradable solvent in EU 10th December 2018
A chiral dipolar aprotic solvent, Cyrene was developed in conjunction with the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) at the University of York (UK). Cyrene is a two step conversion of waste biomass, produced at Circa’s large-scale prototype plant, built in partnership with pulp and paper company Norske Skog in Tasmania, Australia.
Tony Duncan, CEO and co-founder of Circa Group, said, “Annex VIII authorization is a major milestone for Cyrene and we are delighted to have been given the go-ahead to sell Cyrene in significantly larger quantities in Europe. Safer solvents are urgently required and with Cyrene, we are also offering a bio-based solution with a unique property set, including viscosity, surface tension and polarities – making it an exciting new prospect for advanced materials. Our next goal is registration of Cyrene in the US and other jurisdictions will soon follow.”