MOSCOW (MRC) -- Axens has acquired stakes in the BioTJet project, the aim of which is to build and operate the largest European Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) production unit using the Fischer-Tropsch process, relying on the BioTfueL technology, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.
This unit will be built in France and will be started up by 2027. BioTfueL is an advanced biofuel production technology using the thermochemical route, developed and proven within the framework of the eponymous project from 2010 to 2021. The BioTfueL process, includes Gasel, a technology suite licensed by Axens, used to produce high quality renewable fuels by the Fischer Tropsch process.
Within the framework of the BioTJet project, Axens is surrounded by its partners, Elyse Energy, Avril, IFP Energies nouvelles through its investment subsidiary IFP Investissements, and Bionext, and is thus part of the European energy transition strategy in line with the ambitious objectives of decarbonization of the aviation sector.
Axens is supporting the development of the BioTJet project above and beyond the conventional role of licensor, equipment, catalyst and adsorbent supplier, by becoming a shareholder and partner of the BioTJet project company. Axens’ equity investment in an industrial scale project marks a key milestone for the commercial development of BioTfueL.
The BioTJet project will make it possible to process a broad spectrum of lignocellulosic biomasses, which do not compete with food uses, in a chain combining torrefaction, gasification and Fischer Tropsch synthesis, for the production of SAF and by-products such as sustainable naphtha.
The BioTJet project has received support from the ADEME (The French Agency for Ecological Transition) as part of the France 2030’s 4th Investments for the Future Program, through the Call for Proposals for the "Development of a French Sustainable Aviation Fuel production sector". A final investment decision is expected end 2024 for a start up by 2027.
We remind, Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France) announced that earlier this year it demonstrated the successful start-up of the first ethanol-to-ethylene pilot plant based on Axens Atol technology with Sumitomo Chemical, which is going on the waste-to-polyolefins project in Japan. At full rollout, this project will attain the production of waste-based polyolefin at industrial scale, representing a step forward towards a circular economy based on renewable carbon.