June 16-21, 2019
The current worldwide consumption of bitumen is about 100 million tons. A remarkable combination of properties (adhesion, impermeability to water, specific thermo-rheological behavior) makes it a key material in road construction. Today’s bitumen is mostly obtained from petroleum refining, so bioabased alternatives have to be explored for the future. The ALGOROUTE project funded by the French National Agency for Research (ANR) focuses on the use of hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) process for the production of bitumen mimicking binders from microalgae biomass. HTL applied to microalgae is inspired by the geological process of petroleum formation, but on a very short time scale: For conditions around 260 °C / 50 bar, bitumen like products have been obtained by our consortium for residence times of about 1 hour  . Beside temperature and pressure, the key parameters are the reaction time, algae/water ratio and loading level of reactor.
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Antoine Rolland, Alain Sarda, Gaël Colomines, Emmanuel Chailleux, and Eric Leroy, "Kinetic of biobased bitumen synthesis from microalgae biomass by hydrothermal liquefaction" in "Pyroliq 2019: Pyrolysis and Liquefaction of Biomass and Wastes", Franco Berruti, ICFAR, Western University, Canada Anthony Dufour, CNRS Nancy, France Wolter Prins, University of Ghent, Belgium Manuel Garcia-Pérez, Washington State University, USA Eds, ECI Symposium Series, (2019). https://dc.engconfintl.org/pyroliq_2019/45