Hexas Biomass is a biomaterials company that focuses on the production of regenerative, plant-based raw materials that replace wood and fossil fuel-based materials in multiple applications. Their plant-based materials apply to energy, chemicals, packaging, textiles, composites, structural/non-structural products, bioremediation, and more. The company aims to make the highest and best use of plant-based materials.
Hexas Biomass cuts and uses grass, but does not make use of the trees. The company grows Xano Grass™ on non-crop producing land. They sell Xano Grass™ fiber as a replacement for wood & fossil fuel-based feedstocks.
Hexas Biomass develops proprietary varieties of a giant perennial grass, which they call Xano Grass™. Xano Grass™ is perennial, fast growing, yields 25-35 dry tons of biomass per acre year-over-year, is highly pest-resistant, grows in different climates and soil types, tolerates drought, and has low ecological demand. Xano Grass™ feedstock can supplement or replace wood and fossil fuel-based feedstocks in multiple applications while providing the same or better performance at a lower cost without the need to alter existing manufacturing systems.
By optimizing Hexas' plant-based raw material based on a specific application, they meet their customers’ needs to replace, or supplement, their current wood or fossil fuel-based feedstock at a low cost without sacrificing product functionality or aesthetic appeal.
The benefits of Xano Grass is that the product is good for building long-term relationships with farmers, outperforms other biomass crops in bioenergy and biofuel production as a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved bioenergy crop, good for the soil and planet, has reliable long-term production, and not costly.
Xano Grass™ is used to produce fiberboard, including medium density fiberboard (MDF), high density fiberboard (HDF), Oriented Strand Board (OSB), particleboard, softboard, and plywood. Xano Grass™ can be used alone or in combination with wood to produce these panels and provide the same or better physical and mechanical performance at a lower cost without the need to alter existing manufacturing systems.
Xano Grass™ and micanthus are US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved bioenergy crops. Xano Grass™ produces lower greenhouse gas emissions throughout its lifecycle than other EPA approve biomass crops.
Xano Grass™ can supplement the use of wood residuals in the production of industrial energy pellets. Torrefied Xano Grass™ provides the same or better energy density as coal, burning at or above 9,000 BTU/pound vs 8,800 BTU/pound for conventional coal.
Hexas Biomass' planted-based raw materials also can be used in the following applications:
- Renewable natural gas/biogas
- Pulp and paper
- Bio-composite reinforcement
- Animal bedding