Air Liquide to build second generation biofuel plant


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.

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