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Advanced Biomass Catalytic Conversion to Middle Distillates in Molten Salts

Objective

ABC-SALT will validate at lab scale a novel route to produce sustainable liquid biofuels (middle distillates (MD)) from various lignocellulosic waste streams for the transport industry, both on roads (biodiesel) and in air (jet fuel), targeting a yield over 35 wt% in the middle distillate range, based on the biomass dry input, and a carbon yield of 55 %.
ABC-SALT will solve the following technical challenges: liquefaction and subsequent catalytic hydro-pyrolysis of the biomass in a molten salt environment, followed by the catalytic hydro-deoxygenation of the vapour phase using suitable catalysts to obtain a hydrocarbon product suitable for use as a MD biofuel. ABC-SALT will then operate an integrated lab scale reactor during over 100 hours to provide lab-scale validation of the whole process, bringing this technology to TRL 4.
The project includes technical aspects (such as substrate flexibility, biomass liquefaction and hydro-pyrolysis in molten salts and subsequent hydro-deoxygenation and their integration), but also a socio- and techno-economic viability study of the technology (substrate availability and supply chain, future end-users and economic sustainability of the process). This will ensure the future deployment of this new technology considering its social related issues, such as acceptance or modification of the perception of transport induced by such sustainable fuels. Such a holistic approach considering the full value chain, combined to communication with stakeholders during the course of the project, will provide valuable input for scale up and industry-oriented research after this project, maximizing the impact, amongst other in the biomass, biofuel and transport industry.
To reach its objectives, the project covers the whole value chain, from feedstock supplier to end-users (knowledge users (RUG, UG, AU, NMBU, DLR), technology users (BTG, Innventia), and middle distillates users (through DLR)), as well as an entity dedicated to SSH aspects (CIRPA).

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/biofuels
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2017-RES-RIA-TwoStage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 014 018,75

Participants (8)

ASTON UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 432 691,25
Address
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
B.T.G. BIOMASS TECHNOLOGY GROUP BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 445 000
Address
Josink Esweg 34
7545 PN Enschede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NORGES MILJO-OG BIOVITENSKAPLIGE UNIVERSITET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 376 137,50
Address
Universitetstunet 3
1433 As
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 587 500
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 476 291,25
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
RISE INNVENTIA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 350 039,25
Address
Drottning Kristinas Vag 61
114 86 Stockholm
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 200 097,50
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AYMING
France
EU contribution
€ 116 250
Address
185 Avenue Des Gresillons
92622 Gennevilliers Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)