Newlight selects Black & Veatch to design an aircarbon production plant in Ohio


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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., July 15, 2022 /CSRwire/ — Seeking to dramatically expand its regenerative practice of turning air and greenhouse gases into a material called “Aircarbon”, Newlight Technologies has chosen the leader in Black & Veatch decarbonization to design the biotech company’s system. next commercial-scale plant in Ohio.

Newlight uses nature-inspired technology found in ecosystems around the world, including the ocean, in which naturally occurring microorganisms consume air and greenhouse gases through fermentation to produce a muscle-like material inside their cells called PHB. PHB is an energy storage material made in most living organisms – from marine microorganisms to plant roots – and can be melted into forms replacing plastic. Founded in 2003, Newlight is the first company to directly convert greenhouse gases into PHB, a biomaterial the company calls Aircarbon, on a commercial scale.

Aircarbon competes in performance with different grades of polypropylene, the second bulkiest plastic in the world. With a variety of potential industries to serve, Newlight primarily focuses on delivering hardware for the Food, Fashion and Automotive industries. Customers and partners of Newlight, which launched its first commercial-scale Aircarbon production facility in 2020, include Shake Shack, Nike, Target, H&M, Ben & Jerry’s, Sumitomo, US Foods and Sysco, with millions units of Aircarbon delivered to consumers to date.

“Newlight’s goal is to help deliver scalable, market-driven solutions to solve plastic pollution and climate change,” said Mark Herrema, CEO of Newlight. “The Ohio factory will bring us even closer to our goal of large-scale impact, and we are thrilled to partner with Black & Veatch on this.”

“At a time when concerns about both climate change and ocean plastic are at the forefront of efforts to make the world cleaner and greener, Newlight is a shining example of the spirit of innovation needed to make a difference in our environment,” said Kevin Currence. , project director at Black & Veatch. “This project aligns with our values ​​and our company’s focus on accelerating sustainability in all of the markets we serve.”

About Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch is a 100% employee-owned global engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with more than 100 years of experience in sustainable infrastructure innovation. Since 1915, we’ve helped our customers improve the lives of people around the world by improving the resilience and reliability of our most critical infrastructure assets. Our revenues in 2021 exceeded US$3.3 billion. Follow us on and on social networks.

About New Light
Newlight is a nature-inspired biotechnology company that converts air and greenhouse gases into a biomaterial called Aircarbon®. Aircarbon is a high-performance, carbon-negative PHB biomaterial produced by naturally occurring microorganisms that is used to replace plastic in industrial segments ranging from tableware to fashion. Newlight’s mission is to help end plastic pollution and climate change by replacing plastic with Aircarbon, creating economic and environmental value on a global scale. For more information about Newlight and Aircarbon, visit

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Black & Veatch is an employee-owned engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with a track record of over 100 years of sustainable infrastructure innovation. Since 1915, we’ve helped our clients improve the lives of people in more than 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenue in 2018 was US$3.5 billion. Follow us on and on social networks.

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