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Circa and GazelEnergie partner to develop industrial-scale Cyrene plant

Norway-based sustainable biochemicals company Circa Group AS has announced that it has signed a new agreement with French power plant operator GazelEnergie Generation (GazelEnergie), a subsidiary of EP France, part of Czech-headed Energetický a průmyslový holding, a.s. (EPH), to repurpose a former coal-fired power plant site as part of Flagship EU project ReSolute.

Circa Group AS has signed a new agreement with French power plant operator GazelEnergie Generation (GazelEnergie), a subsidiary of EP France, part of Czech-headed Energetický a průmyslový holding, a.s. (EPH), to repurpose a former coal-fired power plant site as part of Flagship EU project ReSolute (photo courtesy GazelEnergie).

Circa is the recipient of an EU Horizon 2020 Flagship Grant, in part to fund the design, commissioning, and operation of the ReSolute plant. Circa also leads the ReSolute project, which is focused on creating a new, sustainably sourced, safer alternative to traditional, fossil-based solvents.

GazelEnergie is the owner of the Emile Huchet coal-fired power station site, adjacent to the Carling Saint-Avold platform and Total Chemesis Composite Park, in north-eastern France. The company has plans for the green reindustrialization of the site, with renewable heat production and a green hydrogen production project, which attract partners like Circa.

The establishment of the ReSolute plant on the site of the Emile Huchet coal-fired power station is a strong signal for the energy transition and the decarbonization of the region’s industry. It is a firm expression of our strategy to turn the page on coal by redeveloping the site with green projects that will create jobs, said Jean-Michel Mazalerat, President of GazelEnergie.

Circa’s proprietary “Furacell” process converts non-food biomass waste into advanced bio-based chemicals, including renewable solvent “Cyrene” which can replace traditional, toxic, fossil-based solvents such as NMP, DMF, DCM, and DMSO.

The ReSolute plant will manufacture Cyrene at an industrial scale and is scheduled to be commissioned in the first half of 2023.

This milestone shows that we are on track with our growth trajectory. The timetable for bringing the ReSolute plant online is ambitious and the Carling site offers us the amenities we need. The repurposing of a former coal-fired power plant site into green chemistry is consistent with Circa’s perception of a circular green economy with safer and more sustainable products for the planet, said Tony Duncan, CEO, and co-Founder of Circa Group.

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