Arbiom’s process was developed to maximize the value of biomass by extracting each of its fractions under optimal conditions. The Arbiom “bio-compatible” process operates at low temperature, which avoids degradation of the chemical value of the biomass, and separates each fraction to maximize its compatibility with downstream processes. Use of phosphoric acid in pretreatment increases the efficacy of enzymatic hydrolysis, which lowers processing costs. Phosphoric acid pretreatment also ensures production of sugars with extremely low levels of inhibitory compounds, organic or mineral. The in-house combination of phosphoric acid pretreatment and enzyme development ensures the optimal compatibility of these two crucial steps of biorefining.
The core products of the Arbiom transformation, high quality C5 sugars, C6 sugars and lignin, can replace the raw materials used today by the chemical and advanced material markets industries for the production of chemical compounds derived from renewable intermediates and advanced materials, including:
- Advanced biomaterials
- Aromatic compounds
One final advantage of the Arbiom process is that because the C5 sugars, C6 sugars and lignin are created in separate steps of the process. This enables a true biorefinery in that each component of the biomass can be used for individual applications within the Arbiom biorefinery plant producing multiple end chemical intermediates and materials.