At Renmatix, our goal is simple – usher in a bioindustrial era where non-food plants, not petroleum, are refined as the basis for the products, chemicals, and fuels that we use every day. We pursue that objective with an eye towards the sustainable use of energy, water, and renewable biomass feedstocks.
The Plantrose® Process facilitates sustainability as a model of green chemistry and green engineering to perform biomass conversion. The technology was designed to: recycle water inputs multiple times, efficiently reuse large portions of energy that enter the system, work with renewable feedstocks that are monitored & managed, and utilize lignin solids, a co-product of the process, to minimize total carbon footprint.
Water is the primary solvent and heat transfer medium in Plantrose reactions. As such, efforts to reduce input needs, reuse it multiple times, and recycle it for maximum recovery have been core to our development efforts since day one. Water is an affordable medium compared to other chemical materials, but it is a vital resource with finite supply in many communities. Renmatix looks beyond pollution prevention, avoiding inefficient water use, and optimizing waste-water integration. Plantrose technology relies on the use of water at or near supercritical conditions to provide safe green solvents in lieu of auxiliary substances that would otherwise add cost or contamination to the system. The vast majority of the components added to the water are biologically-derived organics – sugars and sugar breakdown components, for example – and that the process can take advantage of anaerobic digestion to clean up the water. Of particular note, the Plantrose platform has been engineered to process biomass utilizing the water that already exists in that plant material. This reduces the amount of additional water required and avoids the cost and handling associated with drying feedstocks. This focus on efficient water use reflects our staunch commitment to the principles of green chemistry and engineering, and to the benefit of operating economics that can be achieved via smart, environmentally conscious science.