Partnership to Develop Next-gen Biofuel
TotalEnergies and Veolia have joined forces to accelerate the development of microalgae cultivation using CO2 as part of a four-year research project at the La Mède biorefinery to produce biofuel.
Through photosynthesis, microalgae use sunlight and CO2 from the atmosphere or from industrial processes to grow. When mature, they can be transformed into next-generation biofuels with low carbon intensity. As part of the project, a test platform will be set up to compare different innovative systems for growing microalgae and identify the most efficient ones.
Veolia will support the project with its expertise in the water sector to optimise management of the microalgae’s aquatic environment and development algal biomass as an effective solution for CO2 capture, with TotalEnergies utilising the expertise of teams it operates at the La Mède site to improve cultivation and refining of biomass to produce advanced biofuels and enhance CO2 capture and utilisation technologies.
“We are pleased to join forces with Veolia at our La Mède site to accelerate the assessment of microalgae cultivation systems using CO2, in the aim of producing next-generation biofuels. Biofuels will enable TotalEnergies’ clients to reduce their carbon footprint, and thus contribute to the ambition of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 together with the society”, says Marie-Noëlle Semeria, Chief Technology Officer at TotalEnergies.
“This unique partnership enables TotalEnergies and Veolia to accelerate the production cycle of a promising alternative energy that is necessary to protect the planet. With this project, Veolia can contribute its technical expertise in optimizing and securing biological treatments to a more global context that will have a positive impact on the ecological transformation. This partnership is an excellent example of the ecological innovation capacities that Veolia wants to offer its customers in response to climate change”, adds Philippe Seberac, Technical and Scientific Director at Veolia.