As a pioneer in biofuels, the Avril Group is making further R&D investments with Diester® biodiesel to improve both its production techniques and its environmental footprint, from the field to the vehicle. The aim is a 50% reduction in biodiesel greenhouse gas emissions compared with fossil fuel by 2017, through a strong commitment to the Démarche de Progrès (progress project) launched in 2007.
At the same time, Avril's RID* is preparing the future of biomass-based renewable energies by exploring several avenues of research in new generation biofuels. The group is thus committed to the technological perfection and development of biodiesel and biokerosene products based on either agricultural residues (see the BioTfueL project below), or microbial lipids (with the Probio3 project developed by Toulouse White Biotechnology).
Another avenue for research concerns the pyrolysis of oleaginous lignocellulosic materials, for pinpointing and designing a process to produce new molecules with applications as biofuels or chemical intermediaries (the CATAPULT project financed by the ANR, France's National Research Agency).