Waste recovery and capturing of C02 from smoke: the example of Saint-Ouen

How can we reduce greenhouse gas emissions when we process waste?

How can we optimise the energy recovery of an incineration plant with a virtuous process?

What progress is being made?

These are all questions that this side event will provide answers on, by relying on the programmed works in the SYCTOM facility in Saint-Ouen.

Experts will therefore come to present an ambitious research and development project designed by an international consortium. The idea: to capture and recover the carbon contained in smoke to produce biomaterials and biofuels, thanks to a technology using living organisms.

Frédéric ROUX


Assistant General Manager of Technical Services at Syctom






Monday, 7th décember

13h15 – 14h45

Climate Generations Areas - Room 10

Related to the COP21 Conference program

Free entry

Simulatenous english

Those involved


  • Martial Lorenzo, General Manager of services at Syctom
  • Frédéric Roux, Assistant General Manager of Technical Services at Syctom
  • Pierre Hirtzberger, General Manager of Technical Services at Syctom
  • Michel Combe, Project Director at Environment SETEC
  • Naoufel El Bahraoui, Project Manager at Environment SETEC
  • Rodrigo Rivera Tinoco, Research worker at Mines Paris Tech

CO2 from smoke + micro-algae = bioplastic or biofuel

On its own this equation sums up the project initiated by Syctom in the recycling plant at Saint-Ouen in the context of work undertaken by Setec Environnement to move towards the dry processing of smoke. In scientific language, it’s about capturing and recovering the carbon content of incinerator smoke viaan industrial procedure of high energy efficiency bio-remediation (use of micro-algae, living organisms with catalysing properties), to produce biomaterials (plastic for example) and biofuel..


A promising and reproducible solution

The current technologies rely on capturing C02 with the help of chemical solvents, requiring costly processing and regeneration procedures (notably in terms of energy), the material balance of which isn’t very satisfying on an environmental level, with a lower market value recovered product. The alternative studied therefore marks a real breakaway, as it is about developing a solution reusing the C02 recovered from products with high added value on an energy, environmental and economic level.

Four years of study will be required to fully understand these natural phenomena of catalysing via living organisms for artificial reproduction purposes (settings, modelling, design of equipment, etc.) and to succeed in producing an industrialisation economic model.d’industrialisation.


A high level international partnership

The consortium formed to successfully undertake this research programme brings together expertise from:

  • The Montreal Polytechnic School, for the design of the solution
  • Mines Paris Tech, for the optimisation methods of energy recovery and CO2 recycling systems
  • The Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology, for its systematic and economic studies in the design of this type of solution.
  • The Swedish research center SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, as a partner on the search of cells