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Biofuels

Ethanol and biodiesel are two products of biomass refining that can be blended with conventional petroleum-based fuels.

Biofuels are fuels produced industrially from plant biomass. They are today blended with fossil fuels at varying concentrations. While questions still remain about their carbon footprint and the degree to which they compete with food crops, they are one of the most promising solutions for reducing CO2 emissions from the transportation sector, including aviation. Biofuels are currently the subject of intense research efforts around the world, as scientists attempt to make feedstocks from the ligneous part of plants and microalgae selected using cutting-edge biotechnology techniques.

1 - Le raffinage de la biomasse végétale : biocarburants et chimie verte

In the same way that crude oilOil that has not been refined. is refined to produce fuels, plastics and numerous chemical products, plant biomassIn the energy sector, biomass is defined as all organic matter of plant or animal origin... can be converted into a wide variety of products ranging from biofuelsA fuel produced from plant or animal matter. There are currently two types of biofuel... to high value‑added molecules used in "green chemistry". Extremely active research efforts worldwide are ensuring regular progress.

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2- Les biocarburants sont-ils vraiment « verts » et durables ?

Once hailed as "green fuels", the first industrial-scale biofuelsA fuel produced from plant or animal matter. There are currently two types of biofuel... have come under scrutiny as people question the true amount of energy used in their production and their impact on food crops. 

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3 – La transformation de la biomasse des micro-algues

Researchers are highly enthusiastic about the potential use of algal biomassIn the energy sector, biomass is defined as all organic matter of plant or animal origin..., which could significantly broaden the scope of biotechnological development and help produce an extremely wide variety of products. However, the prospectA potential hydrocarbon deposit. Explorationists seek to locate prospects, determine their configuration and size... of mass-producing economically viable fuelFuel is any solid, liquid or gaseous substance or material that can be combined with an oxidant... is still a long way off.

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