Manufacturing Process

Mother Nature created nanocellulose to be the smallest, strongest structural units of biomass. API created ways to separate and functionalize it at low cost.

For over a decade, API has been developing unique biorefinery technologies that enable each component of biomass to be used for its highest societal and economic value such as for renewable fuels, chemicals and materials.

Our BioPlus® nanocellulose products were born from this expertise and a passion for introducing sustainable, low carbon footprint materials into the market place.

BioPlus fibrils and crystals are produced directly from low cost woody and non-woody biomass like forest and agricultural residues, bamboo, and grasses. Our patent pending process uses a small number of process steps, efficient recycle of processing aides, and industrially proven unit operations- leading to low operating and capital cost requirements.

Our process also offers an innovative, low cost way to functionalize the traditionally hydrophilic surface of nanocellulose to a hydrophobic surface for incorporation into hydrophobic materials like plastics by coating the nanocellulose surface with lignin, a hydrophobic component of biomass.

Demonstration Plant

Beginning in April 2015, BioPlus fibrils and crystals will be produced for commercial sales at our Thomaston Biorefinery in Thomaston, Georgia- just south of Atlanta.

The biorefinery supports supply chain alliances with downstream end-users of bio-based sugars, lignin, and cellulose for conversion into renewable, bio-based chemicals, fuels, and materials.

Construction Photos

construction crew