Lurgi to build 2nd-gen biofuels plant on EU fuel quota

22 December 2008 08:44  [Source: ICIS news]

Lurgi to build 2nd generation biofuels plant in GermanyLONDON (ICIS news)--Lurgi will build a second generation biofuels pilot plant at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Germany, on the back of EU requirements on biogenic motor fuels, its parent company Air Liquide said on Monday.

The joint project with Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) will demonstrate the viability of the company’s three-stage bioliq process, Air Liquide said.

The first stage of the pilot plant was completed in 2007, and in its second stage, the bioliqSynCrude generated from straw will be processed into synthesis gas.

The project covers the engineering, construction, supply, installation and commissioning by Lurgi, the French industrial gases company said.

The company said the project came on the back of EU requirements that the proportion of biogenic motor fuels should be increased to 5.75% by 2010, as well as German targets for a significantly higher quota of fuels generated from renewable resources by year 2020.

“Second generation biofuels, as they do not use the edible part of the plant, will contribute to this ambitious objective,” said Air Liquide.

“In a world where energy and environmental issues take on greater importance every day, Air Liquide intends to play an active role in creating viable alternative energy solutions. Energy and the environment remain two of the group’s growth drivers,” said Francois Darchis, senior vice president, in charge of R&D, advanced technologies and engineering & construction.

The project is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Nutrition, Agriculture and Consumer Protection under the program for renewable biological resources, said Air Liquide.

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By: Hilde Ovrebekk
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