Extracting cellulosic sugars from lignocellulosic biomass is costly as it is difficult to tease out the cellulose and hemiceullose fractions from the recalcitrant lignin and hydrolyse the former two into […]
Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a process to convert cellulosic sugars into supercapacitors.
The production of cellulosic biofuels involves breaking down lignocellulosic feedstock to produce single carbohydrates, mostly in the form of simple sugars like xylose and glucose. But even though these sugars are valuable, current processes for plant deconstruction often end up degrading them
The biotech start-up Leaf Resources recently announced a collaboration with Novozymes, to further increase the yields and efficiency associated with Leaf Resources’ innovative a patented biomass pretreatment process called GLYCELL, which uses glycerine to economically produce cellulosic sugars
Renmatix attracts investment from Bill Gates and Total for its cellulosic sugars technology [Registered]
The US based start-up Renmatix has secured US$14 million from Business magnate Bill Gates and energy giant Total to support commercialization of its proprietary Plantrose® supercritical hydrolysis technology for converting lignocellulosic feedstock into cellulosic sugars. The produced sugars can be sourced for conventional fermentation processes to produce biofuels and chemicals.
S2G BioChemicals (S2G), a Vancouver-based (Canada) developer of natural chemical conversion technologies, has commenced production of biobased glycols at a Memphis, Tennessee, USA site.
The new method involves crushing the leaves and stalks of maize plants and placing the resulting powder in a solution of sodium percarbonate (SP). The product is then passed through a “hydrodynamic (HD) cavitation system”.
Renmatix’s patented Plantrose process conversion technology uses supercritical water to produce cellulosic sugars from lignocellulosic feedstock. These sugars are then made available for conversion into biofuels or biochemicals via variety of microbes, whether purposefully engineered to produce a particular molecule or not engineeered.
The two companies will develop the first to produce biobased MPG using cellulosic sugars in the fermentation process. MPG is currently used in various applications ranging from unsaturated polyester resins to paints, solvents, performance fluids, pharmaceuticals and personal care products.
Total funds Renmatix supercritical water process conversion technology to produce cellulosic sugars [Registered]
The merit of Renmatix’s Plantrose® process is that it is biomass agnostic. While the company is working on variety of feedstocks, from municipal solid waste to wood waste to agricultural residue, a spoke person for the company says “woody biomass will be the first feedstock we go commercial with, because it has well established supply chains in the Pulp & Paper industry and the industry is looking to evolve”.