Technology

Life + Materials Science

Our patented processes utilize plant material and managed ecosystems of bacteria to produce complex chemical compounds. We refine our compounds using non-hazardous green chemistry processes.

Our process begins with organic material (biomass): food co-products, spent brewery grain, spent coffee and tea, algae, milfoil, agricultural silage, wood chips, and more. Our proprietary AGATE system uses cellulosic, lignin, and protein based biomass to produce our target products.

For the first time ever in the chemical industry, our customers have the power to choose which feedstocks will produce their chemical products. Blue Marble is bringing unparalleled traceability and responsibility to quality products and ingredients.

 

AGATE Process

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AGATE (Acid, Gas, and Ammonia Targeted Extraction) is Blue Marble’s proprietary polyculture fermentation technology. We use non-genetically modified bacteria to produce target compounds. Polyculture fermentation links several kinds of bacteria in a production chain to breakdown plant material. This living ecosystem of bacteria symbiotically works together to produce a broad portfolio of targeted compounds.

Extraction

Blue Marble has developed proprietary supercritical fluid extraction, distillation, and fractionation technologies designed to allow for the production and creation of US and EU natural novel extracts and chemical fractions. This process is being deployed on a wide variety of secondary and sustainable feedstocks prior to use in the AGATE fermentation system. These processes allow us to provide a wide variety of natural extracts, absolutes, and fractionated chemicals with a significantly reduced environmental impact.

Fermentation

We are specialists in fermentation technology and are constantly testing new feedstocks and new metabolic pathways in our system. We welcome opportunities to test new feedstocks, please get in touch with our R&D lab tech@bluemarblebio.com to test your byproduct in our system.
Compared to genetically modified organism (GMO), monoculture or biculture systems, polyculture fermentation systems offer a wider variety of metabolicMetabolic Pathways are a chain of chemical reactions created by the enzymatic processes of cells. In a metabolic pathway, the reactants of a reaction are the products of a previous reaction. pathwaysMetabolic Pathways are a chain of chemical reactions created by the enzymatic processes of cells. In a metabolic pathway, the reactants of a reaction are the products of a previous reaction. to create compounds. Blue Marble links different bacteria species together our process can produce carboxylic acidsCarboxylic Acids are weak acids that are used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, flavoring and food additives. They are also used as an intermediary to produce other chemical compounds. Currently, most industrial production of carboxylic acids, requires petroleum-based catalysts. For more information on carboxylic acids, click here., estersEsters are chemical compounds that are used to produce flavorings, fragrances, solvents, fuels, plastics and synthetic textiles such as polyester. Due to the high extraction cost of naturally occurring esters, nearly all commercial esters are produced synthetically from petroleum. Find more information on esters here., mercaptains / thiolsMercaptans (or thiols) are a group of sulfurous compounds that are usually used for fragrance or flavoring. For more information on mercaptan use and production, click here., and terpenes.Terpenes are a family of hydrocarbon compounds that are used in pharmaceuticals, agriculture, flavoring and fragrance. More information on Terpene production and use can be found here.

The Blue Marble polyculture platform provides flexible feedstock options. For the first time, Blue Marble allows customers to choose where there chemicals come from. More on feedstocks here.

Blue Marble uses agricultural, forestry, algal and food byproducts to fuel our AGATE system. Utilizing existing byproduct streams rather than virgin crops provides advantages in both economic stability and environmental sustainability.

While Blue Marble can use any type of cellulosic, lignin or protein biomass, we keep our feedstocks separated during processing to meet regulatory and customer requirements.

Because of our feedstock flexibility, Blue Marble customers have unparalleled control over their purchases; we allow customers to choose which feedstock will produce their chemicals. Esters from grass, corn silage, or wood? Carboxylic acids from grain, grape crush, or algae? For the first time customers have a choice.

We are constantly looking for new feedstock partners, scroll through the possibilities to find out how your byproduct can become our feedstock or contact our R&D lab.

  • Agricultural Byproducts Agricultural Byproducts We can process any cellulosic byproducts including corn silage, wheat husk, wheat chaff, and more.
  • Food Co-products Food Co-products Food & beverage producers can recapture value from co-products when we use their spent brewery grain, tea leaves, grape crush, fruit skins and more.
  • Algae Algae We can use any freshwater or marine algae including sea lettuce, ulva, kelp, and other micro algae species.
  • Woody Biomass Woody Biomass Forestry product manufacturers can reclaim value when we use their mill pulp, sawdust, wood chips, slash, and bark.

Sustainable Process

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Sustainability is one of our core values. We believe there is no waste, only wasted resources, which is why we have designed our system to recapture and repurpose all “waste” material. Furthermore, we use green chemistry practices in order to eliminate hazardous materials from our process.

Water Recycling

Water that we use in our fermentation process is extracted in a dewatering process and recycled back into the fermentation process, reducing the need for new water intake.

Gas Recycling

We capture and utilize all of the methane that is produced in our process to create heat and electricity, which are used to heat and power our fermentation system.

Solid Material

The solid material that comes off of our process will not end up in a landfill. It will be gasified on-site and recycled as heat and power for our process.


Carbon Abatement

As support for carbon accounting grows worldwide, we are poised to help customers and partners take advantage of this movement. Through biomass recycling, petrochemical displacement and natural gas displacement we abate greenhouse gas release and displace products that are produced from fossil-based resources. As we grow, so will our capacity to abate carbon.

Biomass Recycling

Our feedstocks are low-value byproducts, not virgin crops. We utilize these byproducts and divert their paths to burn piles or landfills, preventing the release of methane, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Biomass recycling accounts for the largest percentage of our carbon abatement. Click hereOur 100 ton/month Montana facility will offset 20,160 MT of CO2 per year through biomass recycling. How was this calculated? Carbon based biomass produces 80% of its weight in methane as it biodegrades. In 1 year we will prevent 1200 tons of biomass from releasing 80% of its weight (960 tons) in methane, which is equivalent to 20,160 MT of CO2. to find out more about how biomass recycling helps abate carbon.

Petroleum Displacement

Renewable chemicals directly replace chemicals produced from petroleum. As food, fragrance, flavoring and personal care manufacturers choose alternative ingredients for their products, renewable chemicals reduce the use of petroleum and petrochemicals. Click hereOur 100 ton/month Montana facility will offset 2,270 MT of CO2 per year through petroleum displacement. How was this calculated? Only a fraction of each barrel of oil can yield chemicals, 1.2 gallons of each barrel, to be exact. We expect to produce 6,336 gallons of chemicals per year, offsetting 5,280 barrels of oil. One barrel of oil produces .43 MT of CO2. to find out more about how displacing petroleum helps abate carbon.

Natural Gas Displacement

Ammonia-based products currently require natural gas in order to produce, but Blue Marble can make these products without natural gas. Blue Marble plans to incorporate this product line in the next phase of development, with a fully scaled commercial facility in 2012. Click hereOur 1000 ton/month facility will offset 10,188 MT of CO2 annually with ammonia production. How was this calculated? We expect to produce approximately 720 tons of green ammonia per year. Producing 1 ton of ammonia using conventional methods requires 35,000 cu. ft. of methane, which is equivalent to 14.15 MT of CO2 in the atmosphere. to find out more about how displacing natural gas helps abate carbon.

Revolutionizing the Chemical Supply Chain

A more efficient and responsible supply of specialty chemicals is possible. With only organic plant material fueling our sustainable biorefineries, we cut out big oil, bulk chemical refiners and pollution. A streamlined supply chain makes our products more traceable, cost effective and sustainable.

Traditional supply chain

  • Oil Extraction
  • Oil Refiners
  • Bulk Chemical Manufacturers
  • Speciality Chemical Manufacturers
  • Flavor / Fragrance Manufacturers
  • Your Products

Renewable supply chain

  • Regional Feedstock Partners
  • Blue Marble Biorefinery
  • Flavoring & Ingredients
  • Your Products