Many companies with a stake in renewable materials are channeling significant innovation budgets and programs to help understand and act on the range of product opportunities that exist. Renmatix bio building blocks are the starting point for an entire ecosystem of biobased products. Although consumers don't have the chance to see or touch our outputs (sugars and lignin) – the finished goods of the bioeconomy cannot be created without them. Plantrose is the enabling technology that makes the economic substitution of sustainable ingredients possible.
Cellulosic sugars can be converted into a multitude of biochemical, biofuel, and polymer products by either biological or chemical routes.
Cellulosic sugars are derived from non-food biomass (e.g. wood, agricultural residues, municipal solid waste). The biomass is primarily composed of carbohydrate polymers (cellulose, hemicellulose), and an aromatic polymer (lignin). The hemicellulose is a polymer of mainly 5-carbon sugars (like xylose), depending on the biomass source, and the cellulose is a polymer of 6-carbon sugar (glucose).
The lignin products resulting from the Plantrose process have a unique molecular structure and properties that can be efficiently utilized in varied high value applications – either as a replacement or through transformation. An example of using lignin as a replacement is to substitute lignin for a portion of currently available wood adhesives (such as PF and pMDI) in the manufacture of engineered wood products (such as plywood, veneers, and OSB). An example of transforming lignin into a new product is a chemical conversion of the lignin (via catalysis) into a new chemical compound such as aromatic hydrocarbons like BTX (Benzene, Toluene, and Xylene).
We can effectively and beneficially impact our environment, including decreasing GHG emissions, by using lignin (particularly Omno polymers) to replace environmentally harmful substances such as petroleum-based BTX and formaldehyde or expensive substances such as pMDI. The Plantrose process can allow for the economical production of valuable renewable biochemicals and biofuels while mitigating environmental issues.
The potential market sizes for Omno polymers are quite large, and the benefits are numerous: