Air Liquide : Signature of a Research Contract on 2NdGeneration Biofuels
PARIS -- April 19, 2013
Air Liquide (Paris:AI) has just signed a partnership agreement with the CEA
(Commission for atomic energy and alternative energies in France) aiming to
develop a second generation biofuel production pilot unit in France.
As part of this partnership, the CEA will develop a chain of processes – on
the Bure (Meuse) - Saudron (Haute-Marne) site, and in the CEA-Grenoble centre
– for grinding, pressurising, measuring, and transporting solid biomass (wood
in particular) in order to inject it into a burner, with a view to minimising
the energy used for this pre-processing.
For this project, Air Liquide will develop a new combustion technology that
uses a burner running on oxygen instead of air. This pressurised,
high-temperature oxygen combustion will make it possible to transform solid
biomass directly into synthesis gas.
The synthesis gas made by this process can then be processed to ultimately
produce an extremely pure and energy-efficient synthesis fuel.
All of the R&D work related to pressurised combustion with oxygen will be
carried out in AirLiquide's Research Centres in Paris Saclay (France),
Frankfurt (Germany), and Newark (USA, Delaware), as well as in partnership
with international research institutes.
This work will contribute to the eventual emergence of a new sector for
creating value from this biomass through second generation biofuels.
As part of its policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, the
European Union has set an objective of 20% of renewable energies used within
the EC by 2020. Unlike first generation biofuels, second generation biofuels
use agricultural and forestry waste, without competing with food usage.
François Darchis, Senior Vice-President and a member of Air Liquide’s
Executive Committee, commented: "We are delighted about this research
partnership with the CEA, which is a leading French player in the field of
energy. Air Liquide is involved in concrete projects that aim to develop
cleaner energies:second generation biofuels and hydrogen energy will help to
reduce CO emissions in the coming years. Innovation is at the core of
Research & Development at AirLiquide
With its 1,000 employees of 35 different nationalities, spread over its
eightmain centres in Asia, Europe, and the USA, Research & Development
creates sustainable value for Air Liquide and its customers by exploring new
technological territories to address the challenges facing the Group and
Second generation biofuels
Second generation biofuels have no impact on food requirements, as only
agricultural and forestry by-products are needed to produce them. These
biofuels, which are characterised by their high level of purity and the
absence of sulphur, not only have excellent combustion properties for motors,
but they also generate less greenhouse gas emissions during use than standard
Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the
environment, and is present in 80countries with close to 50,000employees.
Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of Air
Liquide’s activities since its creation in 1902. Using these molecules, Air
Liquide continuously reinvents its business, anticipating the needs of current
and future markets. The Group innovates for the good of society while
delivering profitable growth and consistent performance.
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use, recover and reuse natural resources or develop the energies of tomorrow,
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its customers but also for society.
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and geographic presence provides a solid and sustainable base for its
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new territories and build its future.
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