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Renewable and flexible fuel power generation technology enabling the multi-sectorial decarbonization with Zero emissions

Project description

A multi-fuel system for heavy-duty road transport

The fuel switching or electrification of Europe’s transport sector is key for meeting the EU goals of decarbonisation and energy security. But this is not suitable for sectors like heavy-duty road transport or decentralised energy production due mainly to payload, autonomy and/or fuel supply requisites. With this in mind, the EU-funded ALL-IN Zero project will develop a multi-fuel system to generate electrical and mechanical power with zero emissions. This system will feed low, zero or carbon-negative fuels, like ammonia, natural gas, biogas or alcohols, into a compact membrane reactor producing a common intermediate temporary energy vector to be consumed in situ by power generation systems such as internal combustion engines and fuel cells.

Objective

EU transport and power generation accounts approximately each for one-third of all CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion. While current decarbonisation measures are focused principally on two alternatives: electrification and fuel switching, these are not suitable for the harder-to-abate sectors, such as heavy-duty road transport or decentralised energy production due to payload, autonomy and/or fuel supply requisites, among other issues. In fact, these sectors still rely on fossil fuels for 94% of its energy needs, constituting one of the main challenges to comply with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

These sectors require a system that allows to exploit the advantages of the use of liquid fuels, as are high energy density, fast refilling and easy transport, but bypassing the efficiency limitations and eliminating CO2 emissions. In addition, to tackle the alarming increase of GHG emissions and the rise of global temperature, it is necessary to deploy an effective solution in the short-medium term. Therefore, it is key not to depend on the construction of new infrastructures and be able to use the existing ones for the transport, storage and supply of liquid fuels.

The main objective of ALL-IN Zero is to develop a multi-fuel system to generate electrical and mechanical power with zero emissions. This system will feed low, zero or carbon carbon-negative fuels like ammonia, natural gas, biogas or alcohols, into a Compact Membrane Reactor producing a common intermediate temporary energy vector to be consumed in situ by power generation systems such as internal combustion engines and fuel cells.

ALL-IN Zero will accelerate decarbonisation earlier than other technologies, using available productive and supply chains, SoA technologies, and upstream and downstream treatments for mobile and stationary solutions.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Net EU contribution
€ 763 125,00
Address
CAMINO DE VERA SN EDIFICIO 3A
46022 Valencia
Spain

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Region
Este Comunitat Valenciana Valencia/València
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 763 125,00

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