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PIVERT: a unique ITE in plant chemistry

PIVERT is an ITE and an inter­dis­ci­pli­na­ry plat­form for car­bon-free ener­gy inves­ti­ga­tions; the unit brings toge­ther the skills avai­lable in indus­trial sec­tors and in public research in com­pliance with a logic of co-investment.


In a context where we see rare­fac­tion of resources, price vola­ti­li­ty and the envi­ron­men­tal impact of human acti­vi­ties, there is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to rethink the cur­rent ener­gy model, base almost exclu­si­ve­ly on oil pro­ducts. The PIVERT ITE the­re­fore is aiming at deve­lo­ping a rene­wable form of che­mis­try that draws on agri­cul­tu­ral­ly sour­ced mate­rials to replace the fos­sil sources (cola, oil …). It will be the first Euro­pean centre on such a scale, the objec­tive being to valo­rise com­plete seed oil plants (flo­wers, seed, stems, roots) by conver­ting the mate­rial into rene­wable che­mi­cal pro­ducts and new 'green' ener­gy sources.

The objec­tive of PIVERT is to group toge­ther on a unique suite, in Com­piegne – in a desi­gn that meets the requi­re­ments of HQE (High Envi­ron­men­tal Qua­li­ty) – the actors in both aca­de­mic research and asso­ciate indus­tria­lists in order to pre­pare a new plant che­mis­try indus­trial sec­tor. The chal­lenge is to make use of oil-bea­ring plants, for their oil ad for their fibre contents, while valo­ri­sing the rest of the plant, eli­mi­na­ting as much as pos­sible the amount of wastes or value-less by-pro­ducts, moving in the direc­tion of a poli­cy of sus­tai­nable development.

Che­mis­try sup­plies raw mate­rials to most indus­trial sec­tors; conse­quent­ly, the pro­ducts coming from rene­wable che­mis­try aim at a mul­ti­tude of pos­sible appli­ca­tion areas: food­stuff addi­tives, for health sec­tor uses, ingre­dients and active mole­cules for cos­me­tics, new poly­mers, buil­ding mate­rials (e.g., cladding) …

The bio-refi­ne­ry pro­ject is also in line with the Picar­die Region's logic in favour of sus­tai­nable deve­lop­ment. By grou­ping toge­ther in a single employ­ment basin all the units concer­ned, the idea is to create a tru­ly indus­trial eco-sys­tem: the by-pro­ducts of cer­tain acti­vi­ties will serve as raw mate­rial for other acti­vi­ties with a conco­mi­tant ener­gy recy­cling, mini­mum wastes and saving of water.

PIVERT also enter­tains the ambi­tion to offer new and las­ting out­lets to the agri­cul­tu­ral world and for asso­ciate equip­ment manu­fac­tu­rers. It will be an ans­wer to the issue of re-indus­tria­li­za­tion of France and will com­ply with both a coherent and a sus­tai­nable deve­lop­ment programme.

Project patrons

9 public and private founder-patrons

  • UTC
  • UTT
  • UPJV
  • Sofi­pro­téol
  • Maguin
  • PCAS
  • IAR Pole
  • Rho­dia
  • SNC Lava­lin

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