A pioneer in biofuels, the Avril Group continues to invest in R&D on Diester® biodiesel in order to improve both its production techniques and environmental footprint, from the field to the wheel. The aim is to achieve a 50% reduction by the end of 2017 in the greenhouse gas emissions of biodiesel by comparison with fossil diesel, under a strong commitment through the Progress Initiative launched in 2007.
In parallel, Avril’s RID* is preparing the future of biomass-based renewable energies by exploring several research areas in new generation biofuels. The Group is thus involved in technological developments on the production of biodiesel and biokerosene using either agricultural waste (see BioTfueL project, below).
Another avenue for research concerns the pyrolysis of oilseed lignocellulosic materials in order to identify and design a process that will enable the production of new molecules for applications such as biofuels or chemical intermediates.