- A word from our founders
“The 21st century will be marked by the end of all oil.
This upheaval will generate a social and industrial revolution. We are already starting to see signs of this, given the importance of this raw material in our society.
Nowadays, the annual worldwide oil consumption is estimated at 3.5 billion tons, releasing around 10 billion tons of CO2 into our atmosphere.
Every year, the worldwide agriculture production releases nearly 4 to 5 billion tons of vegetal plant wastes (straws and stovers, sugar cane bagasse, etc.) associated with food production. These wastes represent a renewable source of energy - neutral in terms of carbon emissions - but most of it is barely or poorly recycled and promoted.
By exploiting these coproducts, both food and non-food productions from the same farming sector can co-exist, while preserving land use. Given the "food vs. fuel" debate, we cannot produce more from agriculture plants without endangering the sectors that feed people (including cereals).
How to promote this biomass, which is instantly available, is now a global challenge because it can be a credible alternative to oil in all of its applications given the figures cited above.
Let’s take the example of biofuels, which have now become a worldwide and critical topic. First-generation (1G) biofuels have validated the environmental benefit of bio-based fuels compared to fossil-based ones (neutral in terms of CO2). On the other side, these 1G biofuels have highlighted two important issues, the “food vs. fuel” debate related to the feeding role of agriculture products and the “land use” debate related to the management of arable lands. This led to a sudden rise in cereal prices boosted by the price of biofuels.
Aware of these issues, new public policies were enforced to slow down the development of these 1G biofuels and support R&D activities for the promotion of second-generation (2G) biofuels made from cereal straws or wood and not grains.
Despite intense and widespread research programs, no economically viable solution has yet been found to overcome current scientific and technological barriers.
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.
It is a remarkable opportunity to encourage the development of a bio-economy by creating new jobs and business in renewable energies and biotechnologies, in France and abroad.
Indeed, the CIMV vegetal refining technology offers a concrete option to the challenges raised by the end of all oil”.
Thiery Scholastique & Michel Delmas