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Refinery integration, scale-up and certification for aviation and marine biofuels production

Objective

Among solutions to reach an EU net zero emissions economy by 2050, advanced biofuels have the potential to save several gigatons of CO2 emission per year. However, their development is hampered by a complex feedstock to be processed, the massive investments needed for each new refinery unit, the lack of certification for market adoption and above all, social acceptance of the biofuel production itself.
REFOLUTION will tackle these limitations by delivering a cost-effective production (reduction of CAPEX by 50% and OPEX by 45%) of advanced biofuels for the aviation and marine sectors via a process that can be implemented in existing European refineries. REFOLUTION will demonstrate the transformation of bio-oils produced from fast pyrolysis (FP) into advanced biofuels, through intermediate process steps (stabilisation, fractionation) combined with downstream co-processing technologies at different levels of severities (temperature, hydrogen consumption, carbon yield) for targeting different applications: Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) co-processing for aviation (TRL7) and marine sectors, and hydrotreating for marine (TRL6).
REFOLUTION is gathering 14 leading EU entities covering the full biofuel value chain to deploy risk-mitigation pathways for successful implementation into existing refineries. The project will deliver a comprehensive toolbox of models, standards, social assessment and exploitation pathways for interfacing with current refinery models and available documentation for further replication in other existing refineries, from a dozen in 2030 several hundred pyrolysis units delivering bio-feedstocks to the 90+ refineries in 2050.

Coordinator

SINTEF AS
Net EU contribution
€ 2 001 125,00
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim
Norway

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Region
Norge Trøndelag Trøndelag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (13)

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 2 542 822,25
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo

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Region
Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
OMV DOWNSTREAM GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 309 088,50
Address
Trabrennstrasse 6 8
1020 Wien

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Region
Wien Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 132 466,50
GRACE GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 85 498,88
Address
In Der Hollerhecke 1
67547 Worms

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Region
Rheinland-Pfalz Rheinhessen-Pfalz Worms, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 36 642,37
B.T.G. BIOMASS TECHNOLOGY GROUP BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 577 921,75
Address
Josink Esweg 34
7545 PN Enschede

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Oost-Nederland Overijssel Twente
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 247 680,75
BTG BIOLIQUIDS B.V.
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 155 487,50
Address
Josink Esweg 34
7545PN Enschede

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Oost-Nederland Overijssel Twente
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 66 637,50
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 468 535,00
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 1 019 725,75
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Köln, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITAET ROSTOCK
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 737 357,50
Address
Universitatsplatz 1
18055 Rostock

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Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
ETA - ENERGIA, TRASPORTI, AGRICOLTURA SRL
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 176 137,50
Address
Via Antonio Giacomini 28 Stradario M2192
50132 Firenze

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Centro (IT) Toscana Firenze
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 75 487,50
COMPANIA ESPANOLA DE PETROLEOS SA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 385 038,50
Address
Paseo De La Castellana 259 A Torre Cepsa
28046 Madrid

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 165 016,50
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 473 512,50
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen

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Region
Noord-Nederland Groningen Overig Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
B.T.G. ADVANCED BIOFUEL COMPANY B.V
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 46 812,50
Address
Josink Esweg 34
7545 Enschede

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Region
Oost-Nederland Overijssel Twente
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 20 062,50
NESTE OYJ
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 296 212,00
Address
Keilaranta 21
02150 Espoo

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Region
Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 126 948,00