A new industrial principle is emerging, based on the use of biomass feedstock - the biofefinery. In order to be economically viable and to fit into the perspective of sustainable development, this concept must fulfil two conditions:
- Production costs (including raw materials, processes, and positive and negative externalities) must be sufficiently attractive and competitive.
- The products and procedures must be eco-friendly – on a local and global level – without generating additional waste. The biorefinery concept allows for the entire plant to be used in the transformation processes and the production of plant-based resources, adopting an integrated approach and linking the stakeholders of the market.
Under this approach, each component of the plant is extracted or separated and, if necessary, functionalised, using different mechanical, chemical or biological processes. The value of the resulting non-food and food fractions, intermediary agri-industrial products and intermediaries in organic synthesis intermediaries is generally in inverse proportion to their volume. These fractions are then used directly or formulated to suit the end-users’ requirements. Any waste products are then used in the form of biofuels.
The alternative to petrol has arrived, it is an inexhaustible and renewable resource: biomass, in other words the entire plant. Like petrol, plants are made up of countless molecules, which can be refined: each component of the plant can be extracted and functionalised to produce green fuel, building and packaging materials, household products, beauty creams, etc.
These true or ‘green’ agricultural resources thus become the foundations of a new concept, the bioeconomy : bioenergy, agricultural materials, biomolecules, foodstuffs.
The aim is to group together within a radius of a few square kilometres – in an area where agricultural resources are produced – a biofuel factory, a biotech operator, an ingredients manufacturer, a pilot straw fractionation unit, and a co-generation factory that transforms the co-products of these units into heat or electricity. The by-products from one centre thus become the raw materials for the others.
SIÑAL EXHIBITION aims to promote the values of sustainable development by establishing environmental objectives within its organisation, thus focusing on being an eco-responsible event.
The organisers are committed to this process: SIÑAL EXHIBITION exhibitors and visitors are invited to join them.