- 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
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 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.
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.