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Project partners have launched the cellulosic biorefinery project 2G Biopic; the project is funded by the EU as part of the 2020 Horizon program. 2G Biopic stands for “2nd Generation BIoethanol production based on Organosolv Process at atmospherIc Conditions”. The project, which is structured around CIMV”s refining process, has been preliminary validated at the industrial pilot stage and had already obtained first European recognition in the framework of the Biocore program (2010-2014).

The CIMV process produces three intermediary products for both chemical and biotechnology industries from cellulosic biomass:

  • Biolignin (phenolic polymer with a linear and a low molecular weight).
  • Cellulose and Glucose.
  • Sugars syrup (monomers, dimers of xylose and other C5 sugars).

The project aims to demonstrate at a pre-industrial stage, the economic, technical, environmental and societal viability of a new technology that permits to separate the main components of plant materials, thus optimizing the production of bio-ethanol.

A 36-month project, 2G Biopic encompasses the construction of a demonstration plant on the “Portes du Tarn” economic and industrial park, 20 km from Toulouse. Slated to begin operation in early 2017, it will process 24 tons of biomass per day and annually produce 700 tons of second generation bioethanol, as well 750 tons of Biolignin.

Should the technical and economic parameters be validated, the process will be developed to its industrial stage from 2018.

The 2G Biopic consortium consists of 7 partners coming from 4 European countries:

  • CIMV (France / Project coordinator), for the bio refinery technology,
  • Dyadic (Netherlands), for the technology of enzymatic hydrolysis,
  • Taurus Energy (Sweden), for the fermentation technology,
  • CRITT Bio-Industries (France), for the fermentation’s industrial transfer,
  • Rolkem (France), for the industrial validation of the Biolignin use in phenolic resins,
  • Toulouse White Biotechnologies (France), for the life cycle analysis and the energy optimization,
  • Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (Belgium), for the industrial transfer of Hydrolysis.

The 2G Biopic project has received €20 million (US$22 million) support from the 2020 Horizon European Programme (Research & Innovation, project N° 657867), out of a €35 million (US$39 million) total budget.


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