A unique process for the production of second-generation biofuels

Since 2010, the innovative bioCRACK technology has been essentially driven forward by the cooperative alliance between the Austrian mineral oil company OMV and BDI. OMV supported the project with resources and subsequent processing of the materials, as well as evaluation of the liquid products.

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bioCRACK technology

In the patented bioCRACK process, solid biomass (e.g. wood or straw) is converted into short-chain hydrocarbons by liquid-phase pyrolysis, using a hot carrier oil at temperatures up to 400°C and under atmospheric pressure. Due to the interaction between biomass and heat transfer oil, hydrocarbons with a high hydrogen saturation are produced, which originate both from the carrier oil itself and from the biomass.

This innovative approach only gains economic importance through a decisive technical detail: In the bioCRACK process, a low-cost intermediate product from the petroleum refinery (Vacuum Gas Oil - VGO) is used as heat carrier oil. Normally, VGO is converted only to a small extent into diesel fuel and increasingly into short-chain gasoline, which cannot be sold in this quantity in Europe and must therefore be exported.

The bioCRACK technology additionally achieves a significant advantage in increasing diesel production from VGO. We offer this unique, patented technology for petroleum refineries to generate second-generation biofuels.

Significant advantages:

  • Realization with minimum technical effort and cost-effective operation
  • High raw material flexibility and fast implementation
  • Direct feed of the end product into the refinery
  • Direct sales of the produced fuel via existing sales channels
  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) savings of up to 85 percent according to a study by Joanneum Research (2015)
  • Energy recovery or further processing into valuable by-products such as lean gas and pyrolysis products (pyrolysis oil, coal)
Selected projects

Cooperation with the Austrian mineral oil company OMV
Pilot plant fully integrated into OMV refinery

  • Pilot plant fully integrated into OMV refinery
  • Project duration: 2012-2014
  • Project costs: 7 million euros (incl. government support from the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund)
  • Raw materials: Lignocellulosic biomass, VGO
  • Input capacity: 2.4 tons of biomass per day
  • Initial capacity: 500 tons of second-generation fuel per year
  • Products: Raw diesel, bio-coal, bio-oil


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production of biofuel incl. technology & plant engineering