What We Do
Using water and science to create powerful specialty materials from biomass to have a positive impact on decarbonization and achieve more sustainable products, industries, and markets.
How It Works
Here's a quick breakdown.
Biomass is mixed with water into a slurry that is pumped to the supercritical water reactor. It is in this reactor where the slurry is mixed with supercritical water which causes the biomass to break down into nature’s building blocks. Upon exiting the reactor, the building blocks are separated, washed, and finished to become our sustainable and functional materials.
The Plantrose® process is a water-based technology platform developed to convert biomass into powerful materials to enable decarbonization and sustainability.
We unlock biomass needed for a renewable world. That’s why the Plantrose platform is an incredible breakthrough. It is a first-in-kind technology innovation harnessing water as the medium to break down biomass to create a portfolio of foundational materials that can be used in diverse applications, enabling Sustainable Aviation Fuel, highly pure and functional lignin, natural polyols, and other sustainable materials that can replace those derived from fossil fuels.
Giving Water 'Superpowers'!
So how does this happen? Water left in its normal states (ice – liquid – steam) does not dissolve biomass structures or reduce them to the point where they can be separated into their most basic parts. Our chemical engineers have given water superpowers to do just that by applying a distinct combination of heat and pressure to achieve a unique state of water, called Supercritical. Water in this state dissolves biomass into those simple, valuable, component parts.
Powering Decarbonization and Sustainability
The patented Plantrose technology uses water to unlock a whole new range of materials for use in the fuels, construction, and chemical industries to drive decarbonization and sustainability. These are the top industries considered hard to abate in terms of climate change and renewable sourcing. Our technology is very flexible when it comes to the feedstock, meaning there is no need for a food vs. fuel debate, and meaning we utilize underused materials, or waste/left-over materials. Plantrose progress means building momentum for, and expansion in, the decarbonization of industry and of our planet’s atmosphere.
Breakthrough, Award Winning Clean Technology
Plants, when broken down, have incredibly diverse utility as materials in an array of industrial applications and consumer products. The beauty of the Plantrose process is getting to these break-down products in a way that is both clean and cost advantaged. Making our materials attractive in terms of performance and cost supports the market shift to decarbonization and sustainability in hard-to-abate industries. Plantrose is the solution that delivers these outcomes. Our water-based technology is cleaner and greener than conventional alternatives. Plantrose is better for both people and our planet, and both it and the products it makes have been recognized by several prestigious awards, including the Presidential Green Chemistry Award (PGCA) in 2015, for exactly those qualities.