Our goal is very simple it is to revolutionise biomass processing to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
Lignin, along with cellulose and hemicellulose, makes up most plant materials. Historically, lignin was often considered an afterthought in the biomass world. However, US-based Attis Industries has developed a biomass processing technology that produces high-value applications from lignin. At the start of the month, the company announced that it would be launching a series of videos that would give investors and interested parties additional information on the technologies and bio-based products offered under the firms innovations division.
In the first video, Attis@attisinnovationCEO Jeff Cosman and policy director Helen Petersen discuss the current inefficiencies in biomass processing and how the company is using by-products from the pulp and paper industry to double biofuel output.
According to the company, Attis can recover around 1.3 pounds of high-purity lignin for every pound of cellulosic ethanol it produces. The concentrated carbon can then be used to make bio-plastics and adhesives, or can be converted into petrol or diesel.
According to German-based University of Freiburg, every year, around 50 million tonnes of lignin accumulate as a by-product of the paper industry. Plants produce around 20 billion tonnes of lignin every year.
Speaking in the video, Cosman said: Our goal is very simple it is to revolutionise biomass processing to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
Petersen added: Our [processing] outputs include pulp and a unique form of high purity lignin.
“While the pulp can be used in traditional pulp and paper markets or to produce cellulosic ethanol, its this high purity form of lignin that allows Attis to substantially increase the value and products made from biomass.