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BioTfueL: Second-generation biofuels developed from biomass residues
2022-03-07

The BioTfuel project is the first of its kind, with the concept to transform biomass residues instead of edible plants into biofuels. Launched in 2010, the project aimed to develop second-generation biofuels, with a view to testing, validating and optimizing a completely integrated chain for the production of advanced biojet fuel and biodiesel. BioTfueL is a strong partnership project between six leading players in the energy field : Axens, Avril, CEA, IFP Energies Nouvelles, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions and TotalEnergies. It has been supported by ADEME via its Research Demonstrator Fund, the Hauts-de-France region and Europe Union via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The project is set on converting lignocellulosic biomass such as agricultural by-products (straw) and forest residues via a thermochemical route into high quality biodiesel and aviation fuel.

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As part of the Avril group, Oleon hosted one of the two demonstration plants in Venette, France, dedicated to the biomass pre-treatment by torrefaction. After that, it is then transported to the second demonstration plant hosted by TotalEnergies in Dunkirk for the subsequent process steps (gasification, gas conditioning, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis) to produce the liquid biofuel.

The success of the BioTfueL project will allow these advanced biofuels to be mixed with fossil fuel in a complementary way to first generation biofuels. The technology developed by the project will enable this process to be replicated on an industrial scale to further reduce the CO2 emission globally.