Chemical industry using products of agricultural origins as a resource. (Not to be confused with agrochemistry: chemical industry dedicated to agricultural products).

2nd generation biofuels

All renewable fuels obtained from a lignocellulose source (wood, straw, etc.). They must be distinguished from 1st generation biofuels, which come from food crops (grain, sugar, etc.)


he European Biocore project (BIOCOmmodity REfinery), coordinated by INRA, aims to design and analyse the industrial feasibility of biorefineries to convert agricultural and forest residuals into renewable biomolecules including 2nd generation biofuel.


This is all organic matter of plant or animal origin present in a given natural environment.


This is an industrial unit that separates the components of biomass without deteriorating them, like an oil refinery does with crude oil.

Biosourced products

These products are made from animal or plant biomass.


Cellulose is a polymer of beta-D-glucose. It is mainly used as a raw material for paper manufacturing and non-food related glucose syrup production for further hydrolysis.


A coproduct is a material deliberately and inevitably created by the same production technology as the principal product and at the same time.


Molecule that comes from combining two identical molecules.


All the studies involved in the design and realization of an industrial project.

Enzymatic hydrolisis

Decomposition of vegetal matter by enzymatic action.

Formalin / Formaldehyde

The official name for formalin in international nomenclature is Methanal. It is considered carcinogenic today and it should be gradually withdrawn from the market.


Furfural is an industrial chemical compound, also being a by-product of various secondary agricultural products like corn, oat brans, wheat or sawdust.

Green chemistry

Green chemistry is a generic term covering chemistry used in sustainable development approach. It is based on 12 principles aimed at reducing or eliminating dangerous and/or toxic substances.


Regular phenolic polymer, mainly responsible for plants structure ans forming part of the wall of vegetable cells (wood, straw, etc.) adding to its hardness and impermeability.


Simple chemical compound, as opposed to a polymer.

Organosolv lignin

Lignin extracted by means of organic solvents.


Chemistry of petroleum-based products.


It is extracted from coal tar or produced by oxidizing cumene (molecule produced from petroleum). Phenol is mainly used for industrial thermosetting resins.

Plant chemistry

Plant chemistry is one of the 12 principles of green chemistry. It is based on using plant resources instead of fossil ones to make chemical products.


Generally organic or semi-organic substance characterized by the repetition of several monomers.


The European chemical regulation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances), which came into force on June,1st, 2007, aims to provide the public with greater safety regarding chemical substances.


The so-called “Seveso directive” or “96/82/CE directive” is a European standard that requires European Union members states to identify industrial sites where there is a risk of major accident.


SICLAE is a group of farm cooperatives from the Champagne-Ardenne region (France).

White biotechnologies

Cellulose is a polymer of beta-D-glucose. It is mainly used as a raw material for paper manufacturing and non-food related glucose syrup production for further hydrolysis.

Faire face aux enjeux énergétiques d’aujourd’hui et de demain

Apporter des  solutions avec la bio énergie



the CIMV vegetal refining technology offers a concrete option to the challenges raised by the end of all oil.

The CIMV technology, allowing the clean promotion of the three components of lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks into various bio-based products including cellulosic ethanol stands as a solution.
R&D Manager