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Developments in Biofuels & Green Chemistry Technology




Seminário Franco-Brasileiro
Axens developments in
Biofuels & Green Chemistry
Focus on Futurol Technology
AXENS
1

Axens in Brief
Axens’ creation
Axens was created in 2001
through the merger of
Procatalyse with the Technology
Licensing & Service Division of
IFP Energies nouvelles.

Axens
worldwide

production
sites

6
10 subsidiaries
> 2400
References

This combination provides a
single-source offering of
technologies, products and
services enabling us to respond
more efficiently to customer
needs.

as of June 2015

> Catalysts &
55 kT
of

Refining Petrochemicals

Water

Gases

Alternatives
& Renewables

Activities

Markets

Adsorbents

Process Licensing

manufactured each year

Catalysts & Adsorbents
Consulting Services

> 40%
of world’s refineries
operate at least one refining unit
licensed by Axens

Seminário Franco-Brasileiro – 25/10/2016

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Axens’ Experience in Biofuels
More than 20

years industrial experience in
Biofuels Production
90’s
1st FAME Production Plant in
France licensed by
IFPEN/Axens

90’s
1st ETBE Plant In France
(Total refinery) licensed by
Axens/IFPEN

VeganTM
2015

AXENS’ VeganTM Technology
Selected by TOTAL
Renewable Biofuel Production

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Axens development Objectives
Axens gradually expands its technology portfolio to provide
innovative and profitable solutions

“Drop-In” Biobased components production
Easily processed in existing downstream polymerization units

Technology solutions for the full chain: From Biomass to
Biobased components
Biorefinery concept / Optimize integration between blocks

Strategic alliances with R&D, upstream actors & industrials
Develop & benefit from know-how in feedstocks
Fine tune solutions to fit industrial needs
Synergy of strong backgrounds for fast track development

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4

Biosourced Materials
one solution providing environmental performance
Vegan™
Gasel™/BioTfueL™ Project
Futurol™ Project

Atol™

BioTCat™ Project

BioButterfly Project

Renewable
Jet & Diesel
(HVO/HEFA)

GREEN
FUELS

High Quality
JET & DIESEL

2G ETHANOL

BIO-ETHYLENE

GREEN
POLYMERS

BIO-AROMATICS

BIO-BUTADIENE

Seminário Franco-Brasileiro – 25/10/2016

5

Futurol Technologies™: Project Timeline
2008
2008

Project Start-up

Futurol Partners

R&D partners

Seminário Franco-Brasileiro – 25/10/2016

6

Futurol Technologies™: Project Timeline
2008
2008

Project Start-up

2011

Pilot Plant

Pomacle, France

5000m2 facility

100 000 l/year

Multi-feedstock

Seminário Franco-Brasileiro – 25/10/2016

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Futurol Technologies™: Project Timeline
2008
2008

Project Start-up

2011

Pilot Plant

Today

Large Scale Enzymes
Production

Industrial Scale Validation

Full-scale Biomass
Pretreatment Unit

Unit design by Axens

100m3 production

9M€ investment

High enzymatic activity conserved

Biomass capacity: 100 dry tons/day

Extrapolation/design data available

Integrated on Tereos industrial site

Total yield/productivity preserved

(Bucy-Le-Long, France)

Unit start-up: Summer 2016

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Certifying Technology Scalability

Wheat Straw
Poplar

Pretreatment
Unit
(100 tpd)

Pretreated
Biomass

Compost

Scalability
validation

Lab testing

Pilot Plant
(1 tpd)
Continuous
processing

Seminário Franco-Brasileiro – 25/10/2016

9

Full-scale Biomass Pretreatment Unit

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10

Full-scale Biomass Pretreatment Unit

Jan. 2016

May 2016

Aug. 2016

Seminário Franco-Brasileiro – 25/10/2016

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Futurol Technology™
Full-scale Biomass Pretreatment Unit
NEXT STEP

ACHIEVEMENTS

LONG RUN OPERATION
& INSPECTION

DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

OPERATION &
PERFORMANCES

Unit built in ~1 year
(from PDP to Start-Up)

2 biomass tested

Equipment
inspection

Consolidate
Performances

Availability at large scale of
equipment validated

Hundreds hours of
operation

Evaluation of
corrosion, erosion,
fouling…

Evaluation of unit
behavior during time

Encouraging Performances

Implementation of
improvements from
operation feedbacks

Validation of
extrapolation model

Supply of all equipment
secured & delivery time
validated

Full-scale Biomass Pretreatment Unit
feasibility demonstrated

Support Axens for Technology
Licensing and guarantees

Seminário Franco-Brasileiro – 25/10/2016

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Futurol Technologies™: Project Timeline
2008
2008

Project Start-up

2011

Pilot Plant

Today

Final Steps

Full-scale Pretreatment Unit

Process Licensing

Seminário Franco-Brasileiro – 25/10/2016

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