United States

Biomass manufacturer opens new research and development center

Renmatix, a manufacturer of cellulosic sugars for bio-based chemical and fuel markets, has opened a new research and development center in the US state of Pennsylvania.
Biomass manufacturer opens new research and development center

The multi-million dollar R&D facility is intended to accelerate Renmatix’s exploration of new sustainable feedstock sources, assist downstream customers in their transition to cellulosic sugars, and further enhance the economics of the company's Plantrose process to produce the lowest cost sugar intermediates for renewable materials.

“With this new facility, Renmatix will apply its deep technical expertise to expand our feedstock processing capabilities and partner with customers, ranging from emerging biochemical players to Fortune 500 corporations, to incorporate our PlantroTM sugars into their manufacturing processes,” said Manuk Colakyan, CTO of Renmatix. “We’ve already proven Renmatix’s technology is cost competitive. Now, we’re looking to further reduce costs as we scale to commercial production.”

Last month, the company announced a joint development agreement (JDA) with Waste Management to explore the viability of using Renmatix’s water-based technology to produce industrial sugars from post-consumer urban waste, including food scraps, construction debris, and paper.

The new technical center, equipped with an experienced research staff of chemistry, biology, and process experts, will lead the analysis of urban waste streams, and more than 50 types of sustainable biomass that are available around the world, as future feedstocks for the Plantrose process.

Renmatix’s Plantrose process uses supercritical water -- a state in which water acts as a solvent -- to economically and efficiently deconstruct a wide range of non-food plant material in a continuous reaction to extract cellulosic sugars.

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Tags: Waste , Biomass , Fuel
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