Elevance Renewable Sciences, which creates specialty chemicals from natural oils, has added to its Elevance Clean product line to address the cleaning industry’s growing supply-demand gap for d-limonene.
The company says Elevance Clean 1000 is a high-performing, bio-based cleaning ingredient that reduces uncertainty in price and supply for d-limonene buyers and boosts performance of d-limonene formulations, especially those used in asphalt/tar removal and degreasing applications.
As the cleaning products industry moves toward more renewable solvents and ingredients for industrial, household and institutional applications, demand for d-limonene, which is extracted from citrus rind, is expected to continue increasing significantly, the company says. In contrast, there has been a steady decline in orange supply over the past two years as a result of disease affecting orange groves in the two major orange producing countries, the US and Brazil. This long-term supply issue is posing a challenge for customers who rely on the functional benefits of d-limonene for use in green solvents and cleaning products.
Elevance Clean 1000 is easily blended into d-limonene formulas because its HLB requirement is 11-13, very similar to that of d-limonene. Overall formulation costs can be reduced by blending Elevance Clean 1000 with d-limonene, which faces increasing prices due to supply constraints and strong demand. Further, Elevance Clean 1000 also has specific product attributes that help formulators boost performance of d-limonene formulations.