Background of the BIOCORE program
The European BIOCORE project, coordinated by the INRA, aims to design and analyze the industrial feasibility of a biorefinery to convert agricultural and forestry residuals into 2nd generation biofuels, chemical molecules and biodegradable plastic polymers. BIOCORE will therefore cover a various range of polymers, representing over 70% of the world market for these products; used in textiles, packaging, construction and other industrial sectors.
BIOCORE will bring together 23 European partners and 1 Indian partner, for 4 years: 10 companies, including 5 SMEs, 1 NGO and 13 universities or specialized public research bodies. The total budget for the project amounts to 20.3 million euros, including 13.9 million euros in funding from the European Union regarding the 7th Framework Programme (FP7).
The CIMV contribution
BIOCORE has decided to rely on the CIMV technology to solve the problems involved in separating lignocellulosic biomass components. The patented CIMV technology is currently the only one in the world, to allow optimum extraction of the three principal components of these feedstocks (cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin) and ensure the promotion of all the incoming raw materials.
A second original feature associated with this technology concerns the flexibility of the process to treat various sources of biomass. Thanks to CIMV technology, BIOCORE will effectively develop the concept of a multi lignocellulosic biomass resources biorefinery, which will simultaneously treat residuals from cereal crops (straws, etc.), forestry residuals and short rotation brushwood too.