The first products produced via the Plantrose Process are Plantro® sugars. These Plantro sugars are the cellulosic sugars that serve as the primary building blocks for biochemicals and advanced biofuels. Plantro sugars are distinct in that they have been liberated from the biomass using water and heat, instead of acids, solvents, and/or enzymes. Most importantly, they are also cheaper, enabling economical uses in a broad range of fuel and chemical applications.
Plant material is primarily composed of building-block polymers. These are a mix of carbohydrates (cellulose, hemicellulose), and aromatics (lignin solids). The carbohydrate polymers contain vast amounts of potentially fermentable sugars (known as 'cellulosic sugars'). These sugars may be converted into a multitude of biochemical, biofuel, and polymer products by either biological or chemical routes.
Affordable and plentiful cellulosic sugars are required before today's bioindustry can make a meaningful impact via petrochemical alternatives. Renmatix’s Plantrose Process produces cellulosic sugars at a cost that enables renewable value chains to be competitive with petrochemical equivalents. The breakthrough economics of a unique supercritical hydrolysis route to cellulosic sugar has generated interest and action from strategic market leaders. We can fine tune our Plantro® sugars to meet the needs of numerous downstream technologies. In turn, the co-produced clean lignin (Omno Polymers) has only been exposed to water and heat, producing a valuable native lignin that cannot be manufactured by other processes.