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Liquid and gas Fischer-Tropsch fuel production from olive industry waste: fuel from waste

Objective

The overall aim of the project is to use agricultural waste, mainly residues from olive farming and olive oil production, for the generation of ready-to-use fuels, namely synthetic natural gas (SNG) and diesel, which would be primarily used for energy production for oil manufacturing and as transportation fuel for olive farming. The optimization of the project and the possible addition of different agricultural or solid urban residues will lead to the obtaining of surplus fuels, which will be sold for common uses, since the production will meet the standards for natural gas and diesel respectively.
The production of these fuels will be based on a synthetic procedure: the Fischer-Tropsch process. All the steps from raw residue to fuel will be considered in this project, including physical and chemical treatments. The main synthetic procedures will be Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, which will produce the liquid fuel, and methanation, which will produce the SNG. The most important advance beyond the state-of-the-art will be the development of a novel catalyst for the Fischer-Tropsch process which will enhance the overall performance of the process from the current values. Apart from that, innovations will be sought in the pretreatment steps, with special interest in the development of membrane purification methods that would facilitate the gas purification required for the overall procedure.
The overall expected impacts are fuel production, which would reduce the overall greenhouse gas emissions from the olive industry and introduce an alternative to the use of conventional (fossil) fuels, reduction of waste treatment requirements, application of technology beyond the state-of-the-art, employment creation and technology exportation.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2012-two-stage
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Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 397 763
Administrative Contact
Marina Bufacchi (Ms.)

Participants (7)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 314 315
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 450 160
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Judit Mozes (Ms.)
Soil-Concept SA
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 327 920
Address
Friidhaff
9378 Diekirch
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thorsten Klaes (Mr.)
VERTECH GROUP
France
EU contribution
€ 372 720
Address
11 Rue Defly
06000 Nice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olivier Rieux (Dr.)
SOLINTEL M&P SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 240 520
Address
Avenida De Jerez 33
28514 Nuevo Baztan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Cuiñas (Dr.)
EXERGY LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 344 160
Address
Puma Way The Technocentre Coventry University Technology Park
CV1 2TT Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alberto Gomez (Dr.)
EIFER EUROPAISCHES INSTITUT FUR ENERGIEFORSCHUNG EDF KIT EWIV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 159 630
Address
Emmy Noether Strasse 11
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stephan Seidelt (Mr.)