Horizon Europe (2021 - 2027)

Production of Advanced Biofuels Via Pyrolysis and Upgrading of 100% Biogenic Residues for Aviation and Marine Sector, Including Full Valorisation of Side Streams: FUEL-UP

Last update: Feb 22, 2024 Last update: Feb 22, 2024


Locations:Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Turkey
Start Date:Jan 1, 2024
End Date:Dec 31, 2027
Contract value:EUR 8,417,003
Sectors:Air & Aviation, Energy, Environment & NRM, Water N ... See moreAir & Aviation, Energy, Environment & NRM, Water Navigation & Ports & Shipping
Date posted:Feb 22, 2024

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HORIZON.2.5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility 
HORIZON.2.5.2 - Energy Supply

Topic(s): HORIZON-CL5-2023-D3-01-06 - Demonstration of advanced biofuel technologies for aviation and/or shipping

Call for proposal: HORIZON-CL5-2023-D3-01

Funding Scheme: HORIZON-IA - HORIZON Innovation Actions

Grant agreement ID: 101136123


FUEL-UP project aims at producing simultaneously the key renewable SAF and marine fuels from 100% biogenic feedstocks (primarily forestry residues) through pyrolysis and downstream upgrading of pyrolysis oils to advanced biofuels, reducing GHG emissions of the important aviation and marine transport sectors. FUEL-UP will demonstrate at TRL6-7 the production of sufficient aviation and marine fuel in the project, transforming 1000 L HPO to 450-500 L SAF, 300-350 L marine diesel and 100-200 L marine fuel Naphtha/Bio-methanol co-blend for testing. The key challenges are to de-risk and optimize stabilisation, deoxygenation, hydrodeoxygenation, hydrotreatment and hydro-isomerisation steps; including optimisation of catalysts and scalability. FUEL-UP will ensure the fuel quality meets standards and engine specifications. The produced SAF will be tested according to aviation standards (Tier 1, 2 & 2.5) to qualify them with D4054 certification and provide a strategy for fuel certification through introduction to EU Clearinghouse. The produced marine biofuels streams fuel quality (marine diesel and Naphtha enhanced Bio-methanol co-blend) will be assessed with marine engine testing performed according to ISO 8217 and ISO 8178 standards. FUEL-UP will also maximise the valorisation of all carbon side streams (gaseous and aqueous), with aqueous phase treatment and extraction up to 80%, resulting in at least 200 L valuable compounds /t HPO, followed by subsequent conversion into high quality biogas. The heavy component of Naphtha fraction will be evaluated for aromatisation by continuous catalytic reforming to produce solvents. Environmental impact of the value chain will be assessed to show up to 80% GHG emission reduction compared to fossil fuels and provide scenarios for green hydrogen production. Process engineering will ensure scale-up of technologies to reach commercial scale by 2030 and replication in 10 sites by 2035 and 25 sites by 2040, allowing production of >2Mt fuels.

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