BioTfueL: Developing Second-Generation Biofuels

Location:
Pre-treatment: Avril site in Venette, France
Gasification, purification and synthesis: Total site in Dunkirk, France

Partners: Axens, CEA, IFP Energies Nouvelles, Avril, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions, Total

2020
target date to demonstrate the technology
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Operator at a sugar cane processing plant that offers products made from biomass Opérateur dans une usine de production de sucre de canne visant à proposer des produits issus de la biomasse

The BioTfueL project launched by Total and five partners is designed to transform lignocellulosic biomass (straw, forest waste, dedicated energy crops) into biofuel via thermochemical conversion. The partners’ goal is to develop an end-to-end set of processes for producing second-generation biodiesel and biojet fuel.

The BioTfueL project is focused on developing an innovative process for converting biomass into high-quality biodiesel and biojet fuel. Gasification makes it possible to produce biofuels from lignocellulosic material, such as agricultural by-products, forest waste and energy crops. The process can also convert fossil feedstock mixed with biomass to account for seasonal variations in resource availability.

The resulting biofuels, which will not contain any sulfur or aromatics, will be usable pure or blended in all types of diesel and turbojet engines. 
 
The set of processes developed by BioTfueL will be transposable on an industrial scale at the end of the project.
Biotfuel, a project to produce biofuels via thermochemical conversion
Projet BioTfueL : des biocarburants grâce à la thermochimie
Projet BioTfueL : des biocarburants grâce à la thermochimie

The biomass feedstock is torrefied and then converted into syngas in a gasifier. Once the syngas has been cleaned and conditioned, it is converted into a hydrocarbon mixture that can be used to produce fuel.

Timeline

After five years of R&D, the BioTfueL project has started building a demonstrator platform that is scheduled to come on stream in 2017. Total chose to install the gasification and synthesis units at the Flandres site in Dunkirk (France) to support local economic development.

The BioTfuel project