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The bio-based energy platform conducts R&D to convert organic matter (biomass) into energy, developing high-yield processes to eliminate waste and limit emissions of heavy metals, sulfur, and other hazardous substances. The platform is France’s only bio-based energy R&D center with as broad a scope, covering grinding, torrefaction, pyrolysis, hydrothermal liquefaction, and gasification and research ranging from analysis through to 100 kg/h processes that can be scaled up for industrial rollout.
The platform’s equipment includes grinders, a torrefactor, and rapid pyrolysis and gasification reactors. Researchers at the platform investigate traditional biomass (wood, farming and forestry residues) as well as industrial and household waste, wastewater treatment sludge, micro-algae, and other potential sources of energy. They typically transform these types of waste into syngas and molecules of interest produced during the processes used. The platform conducts R&D with around fifteen industrial partners with a view to developing viable biomass-to-energy processes.
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Drying, grinding, injection, pressurization, torrefaction, pyrolysis, gasification, and hydrothermal liquefaction
The Genepi lab (funded by the French government’s economic stimulus package) boasts an 11-meter-high, 3.5-meter-diameter torrefactor; a high pressure, high-temperature gasification reactor; and hydrothermal liquefaction test reactors
Around fifteen industrial partners (Engie, CMI, Michelin, and others)
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CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.