Air Liquide to develop biofuel production pilot unit in France


Air Liquide has entered into a partnership agreement with the Commission for Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies (CEA) in France to develop a second generation biofuel production pilot unit in the country.

"Air Liquide will develop a new combustion technology, which employs a burner running on oxygen, instead of air."

Under the agreement, the CEA will develop a chain of processes, at the Bure (Meuse) - Saudron (Haute-Marne) site, and in the CEA-Grenoble centre, for grinding, pressurising, measuring and transporting solid biomass, especially wood, to inject it into a burner for reducing energy used for the pre-processing.

Air Liquide will develop a new combustion technology, which employs a burner running on oxygen, instead of air.

The pressurised, high-temperature oxygen combustion will make it possible to transform solid biomass directly into synthesis gas that will be processed to manufacture energy-efficient synthesis fuel.

Air Liquide's research centres in France, Germany and the US, along with other international research institutes, will carry out all of the research and development work concerning pressurised combustion with oxygen.

The European Union has set an objective of 20% of renewable energies used within the European Commission by 2020 as part of its policy to minimise greenhouse gas emissions in Europe.

Air Liquide executive committee member and senior vice-president François Darchis said: "Air Liquide is involved in concrete projects that aim to develop cleaner energies: second generation biofuels and hydrogen energy will help to reduce CO2 emissions in the coming years. Innovation is at the core of Air Liquide's strategy."

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