Name – Basudeb Saha, Founder & President
Phone #: (765) 237-7649

For Immediate Release
February 3, 2020

RiKarbon to showcase sustainable bio-based lubricant at CEATI Hydropower Conference

Newark, DE – February 3, 2020: University of Delaware start-up, RiKarbon, Inc., turns non-conventional feedstocks, e.g., waste biomass and natural oils, into products. The company’s initial product offering, renewable base oils and ingredients containing up to 100% bio-based carbon, is based on patented technology.  RiKarbon’s tunable base oils enable production of environmentally-acceptable lubricants that are suitable for multiple lubricant applications (e.g., hydropower production, marine, locomotive and others) where accidental release of petroleum lubricants is high.

“We are looking forward to interacting with hydropower producers seeking an environmentally-acceptable lubricant as well as lubricant manufacturers looking to add a bio-based solution to their product offering. Hydropower is the major source of renewable energy today, but accidental spillage of lubricants to bodies of water from hydropower turbines is a significant challenge to hydropower producers, and often invites litigation from environmental advocacy groups and local Government. Our innovative lubricants offer an effective solution to the industry,” says Basudeb Saha, RiKarbon Founder & President. 

In addition to its use as a bio-based lubricant, RiKarbon’s patented technology can be used as a replacement for environmentally regulated cyclo-silicon compounds in personal care products.

“Our base oils are being evaluated by formulators to produce the environmentally-friendly and safer skin-care products that consumers demand,” said Saha.  “We anticipate a successful evaluation that will open the door to multiple personal care opportunities.”  

Stop by Booth #328 to learn more about RiKarbon’s innovative technology at the 11th annual CEATI Hydropower Conference March 2nd – 4th in Palm Springs, CA. The conference will showcase innovative solutions and new developments in the field of hydropower.


RiKarbon develops technologies for cost competitive renewable products that use non-conventional and typically unused carbon feedstocks to serve the domestic and international specialty and performance chemicals market. The company received a Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) award in 2018 and a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) award in 2019 from the U.S. Department of Energy.