Second–Generation Biofuel Bioliq Project Brings Second–Generation Biofuel Plant on–Stream

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Biofuel project Bioliq takes the next step: The researchers have started up a pilot plant together with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, to demonstrate the feasibility of high-quality sulfur-free fuel production from residual biomass.

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The Bioliq plant at the KIT: in a multi-stage process, high-grade synthetic fuels are produced from straw and other biogenic residues.
The Bioliq plant at the KIT: in a multi-stage process, high-grade synthetic fuels are produced from straw and other biogenic residues.
(Photo: Markus Breig)

Karlsruhe/Germany – So-called “second generation” biofuels are produced using the inedible part of plants (wood waste, straw), without any impact on the food chain, as opposed to “first-generation” biofuels produced from the oil, sugar or starch contained in plants like oilseeds, beetroot or cereals.

For this project, Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions, the engineering and construction activity of Air Liquide group, provided key technologies for the pyrolysis* of biomass and syngas as well as the oxygen supply needed for the gasification process. Thanks to this process now operating, approximately 7 kg of straw can produce 1 liter of fuel.

Additional information about the Bioliq-Project:

These biofuels will be able to contribute to the production of quality fuels, green chemicals, and “Blue” hydrogen (CO2 free hydrogen). They allow a reduction of up to 90% in CO2 emissions compared to fossil fuels. The next step is to optimize the process in order to ramp up production and prepare for future commercialization.

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