Biorefinery projects

eRcane has been involved in many sugarcane development projects:

  • V2ARUN (2006-2010): this project was certified by the Réunion Qualitropic competitive cluster, in collaboration with the Laboratoire de Chimie des Substances Végétales et Sciences des Aliments (LCSNSA) at the University of Réunion, the Institut Universitaire Technologique de Saint Pierre (Réunion) and the Laboratoire de Chimie Agro-Industriel de Toulouse (LCA-ENSIACET). This project focused on the extraction and development organic molecules from sugarcane to produce bioplastic products. Patent: PETIT, A., WU-TIU-YEN, J., PISLOR, E., PONTALIER, P.-Y., ALBET, J., HOAREAU, W. & CORCODEL, L. 2015. Procédé d’extraction de l’acide aconitique à partir de produits issus de l’industrie de la canne à sucre FR1452245.
  • Lignophenols (2009-2011): this project involved a partnership between eRcane, a paper manufacturer (Tembec) and laboratories of the Universities of Bordeaux and Pau. It was certified by the Réunion Qualitropic and Sud-Ouest Xylofuture competitive clusters. It aimed to separate the different components of bagasse and identify innovative outlets to replace fossil-based products in different chemical sectors.
  • Valophen (2011-2014): This project was the result of a collaboration with AgroParisTech in the form of a PhD thesis.
    The aim was to identify antioxidant molecules present in sugar co-products, to extract and make effective use of them in the production of molecules with food potential using environment-friendly processes while developing plant chemistry research.
    Reference : CADERBY, E., BAUMBERGER, S., HOAREAU, W., FARGUES, C., DECLOUX, M. & MAILLARD, M.-N. 2013. Sugar cane stillage: A potential source of natural antioxidants. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 61, 11494-11501.
  • Pentoval (2011-2015): this project was certified by the Qualitropic and Picardie IAR competitive clusters in collaboration with research partners: the Laboratoire de chimie Agro-Industriel de Toulouse (LCA-INP-ENSIACET), the Institut de recherches sur la catalyse et l’environnement de Lyon (IRCELYON), the Institut Technologique pour les filières Forêt, Bois, Construction et Ameublement (FCBA), the Centre de Valorisation des Glucides et des Produits Naturels (CVG), as well as three industrial partners, i.e. Tereos, Minakem and Arkema.
    The project focused on the extraction of sugars from different types of biomass (beet pulp, wheat, beech and sugarcane bagasse) and their separation into five carbons (pentoses) in order to make effective chemical use of them, particularly for the production of molecules of interest.
  • MC3B (2012-2013): this Biosourced bagasse based composite materials project was carried out in partnership with the Montpellier 2 Science and Technology University and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).
    It consisted of proposing a bagasse and vegetable oil based material for designing street furniture.
    Patent: CADERBY, E., HOAREAU, W., HABAS, J.-P. & LAPINTE, V. 2013. Mobilier urbain en matériau composite biosourcé. France patent application. FR3008919.
  • natuRcane (2013-2017): this project was carried out in collaboration with AgroParisTech in the form of a PhD thesis. It was in line with the V2ARUN project and consisted of improving the extraction of organic molecules in order to develop their chemical application as molecules of interest.


Studies are also underway with other research centres (INRA, IUT de Reims, etc.) to develop the broad range of sugarcane resources.