As the transportation fuel and chemical markets require urgent shifts to meet future demands while lowering average carbon intensity of fuels and products, the use of renewable & alternative feedstocks will play an important role in the game tomorrow.
Today, the main substitute to gasoline is first generation bio-ethanol produced from food crops (sugar beet, sugar cane or starchy crops such as corn, wheat...) via fermentation process.
Novel route for bio-ethanol production aims to convert lignocellulosic biomass which refers to non-food feedstocks (forestry residues, energy crops) or non-edible parts of food crops (rice straw, wheat straw, corn stover, bagasse, etc.). Main product is cellulosic ethanol also known as second generation (2G) or advanced bio-ethanol. Many other products can be obtained from such process for fuel/energy and chemical applications alike.
Cellulosic ethanol is strongly promoted as one of the most promising solution for companies and governments to succeed in their transitions and achieve their climate targets as well as other sustainable development goals.
Futurol™ Technology aims at producing advanced biofuel (2G bioethanol) and biobased monomers from lignocellulosic biomass (forest and agricultural residues, energy crops).
As the outcome of a 10 years R&D project, with extensive operation of our pre-commercial and industrial scale plants, Futurol™ offers a unique and reliable 4-step conversion process:
Biomass Pretreatment: Lignocellulosic biomass is deconstructed into its three major components: cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. It produces a standardized and homogeneous substrate with excellent properties.
Biocatalysts production: Required biocatalysts (microorganisms) are produced on site using a fraction of the substrate from Pretreatment: enzymes (secreted from fungi cultures) and yeasts (propagated from dried yeast).
Hydrolysis & Fermentation: Two different operations are performed simultaneously using biocatalysts: enzymatic hydrolysis of the pretreated biomass into sugar monomers and fermentation of these sugars into ethanol by yeasts.
Products Recovery: Fermented mash from Hydrolysis & Fermentation is treated to separate and recover the different products: fuel grade ethanol, lignin, clarified stillage and CO2.
Futurol™ and the Bioeconomy
Futurol™ is not only a breakthrough technology for cellulosic ethanol production from local bio-resources, it is also an efficient and flexible platform for next-generation bio-chemicals synthesis. A myriad of molecules can be derived from Futurol™ and that is the key to striving towards a sustainable environment:
Moreover, all effluents from Futurol™ process can be reused as valuable co-products in accordance with the circular economy concept:
Lignin and stillage: in-situ bio-energy generation, agricultural fertilizer, bio-material for construction…
Biogenic CO2: food and beverage industry, building block for chemicals, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)...
Robust biomass pretreatment proven at industrial scale
ABLC is a connected series of 7 conferences and 16 events in total on the most important issues in the Bioeconomy right now. Besides, there are 8 different sessions to foster introductions and meet-ups, with designated meet-up spaces for private meetings and networking sessions to be introduced to new contacts.