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The bioliq® Project

The bioliq® pilot project was raised in 2005. In agreement with the main promotor of public funds, the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the project was divided into three separately funded project parts. The plant itself consists of four technical stages according to the table below. For all projects, i.e. technology stages, partners from industry have been contracted for construction as well as for joint operation in regard to optimization, further development, and commercialization of the respective technologies. Until 2013 all process steps separately had been commissioned successfully. At the end of 2014, joint operation of the process chain is planned to produce gasoline from wheat straw for the first time (Press Release). Hence 2015 the optimization and further development as well as the commercialization of the bioliq® plant technologies occurs.

The bioliq® pilot plant is still operated today at KIT in cooperation with the participating institutes and is a research platform for a wide range of accompanying research in the field of sustainable fuels from biomass. In regular test campaigns which take place several times a year, the bioliq® pilot plant produces and researches high-quality fuel for modern engines and future sustainable mobility concepts.


Overview of the development of the individual process steps:


  Stage I  Stage II  Stage III   Stage IV
Project bioliq I bioliq II  bioliq III
 bioliq IV
Process Fast pyrolysis High pressure entrained flow gasification    Gas cleaning and synthesis I
 Synthesis II
Product bioliqSyncrude Synthesis gas   Dimethyl ether
Capacity 2 MW (500 kg/h)  5 MW (1 t/h)   150 kg/h
< 100 l/h
Realisation 2005 - 2008 2010 - 2013  2010 - 2013
 2010 - 2013
State In operation In operation  In operation

Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions, MAT Mischanlagentechnik GmbH




Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions  


CAC Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz GmbH, MUT Advanced Heating GmbH 






 Funded by

Agency for Renewable Resources e. V. (FNR), Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)






Agency for Renewable Resources e. V. (FNR), Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)





Agency for Renewable Resources e. V. (FNR), Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), European Union (EU), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and land of Baden-Württemberg 









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