One of Virent’s key differentiators is our ability to use a wide variety of feedstocks in the BioForming® process. Our patented catalytic process can effectively convert both cellulosic and conventional feedstocks as described below.
Sugar beets are plants that contain a high level of sucrose. Sugar beets are grown extensively in the European Union, the United States and Russia. The crystalline sugar from sugar beets is used interchangeably with cane sugar.
Sugarcane is a tall perennial grass that is native to the tropical regions of Asia. Sugarcane has fibrous stalks with high levels of sucrose. The world’s largest sugarcane producers are Brazil, India and China.
Corn starch, which is derived from the endosperm portion of the corn kernel, is a mainstay of the corn refining industry, with a wide range of applications. Corn is grown extensively in the United States, China and Brazil.
“Sorghum” is a term given to numerous species of grasses, which can be used as feedstock to produce biofuels and biochemicals. The plants are cultivated in warmer climates worldwide, and are native to tropical and subtropical regions of all continents. Sweet Sorghum, as shown here to the left, can be milled (like sugar cane) to produce free sugar and has remaining bagasse which can also be used as feedstock.