Air Liquide has revealed that its 100% subsidiary, Lurgi, is to build a second generation of biofuel plant at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe in Germany, in a joint project with the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT).

The pilot plant will demonstrate the viability of the three-stage bioliq® process and is now entering the second stage, following successful completion of the first stage in 2007.

As part of its policy targeting the reduction of greenhouse gases, the European Union (EU) requires that the proportion of biogenic motor fuels should be increased to 5.75% by the year 2010. In Germany, the Federal Government is aiming for a significantly higher quota of fuels generated from renewable resources, by 2020.

Second generation biofuels will contribute to this ambitious objective, with Air Liquide’s Lurgi involved in the project from engineering and construction through to commissioning.

François Darchis, Senior Vice-President of the Air Liquide Group, in charge of R&D, Advanced Technologies and Engineering & Construction, commented, “We are very proud that the bioliq® project by Lurgi in Germany is being continued. 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.”

During the second stage, the bioliqSynCrude® generated from straw in the first step is processed to become synthesis gas. The project covers the engineering, construction, supply, installation and commissioning by Lurgi.

Commissioning of the gasifier is planned for autumn 2011, with this unit substantially sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Nutrition, Agriculture and Consumer Protection under the programme for renewable biological resources.