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Hydrothermal liquefaction: Enhanced performance and feedstock flexibility for efficient biofuel production

Objective

Hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) is emerging as innovative technology to produce renewable transportation fuels. The advantages of HTL are reflected in its high feedstock versatility, its ability to convert wet materials and its advantageous environmental and economic performance. Bio-crude, the primary HTL product, can be upgraded to high-quality fuels. The objectives of HyFlexFuel include: 1) Demonstrating HTL conversion compatibility with diverse advanced biomass feedstocks. 2) Maturing HTL-based fuel production from TRL 2-4 to TRL 5. 3) Increasing heat integration and product recovery at TRL 5. 4) Understanding of relation between feedstock and process conditions vs. product yield and quality. 5) Efficient valorisation of residual process streams. 6) Quantification of techno-economic and environmental performance potentials, risks and benefits. 7) Demonstrating drop-in capability of HyFlexFuel products from diverse feedstocks. 8) Quantification of potential technology gaps of a full-scale production plant.
HyFlexFuel will assess the potential availability of feedstocks specifically suitable for HTL at European, national and local scale. Local feedstock supply chains will be analysed. HTL conversion will be optimised utilizing diverse feedstocks in a relevant environment at TRL 5. The currently less mature process step of catalytic hydrotreatment of bio-crude will be further developed through a parametric study of process conditions, targeted catalyst development and demonstrated on a continuous system. The energetic valorisation of the remaining soluble organics in the HTL water phase will be achieved through catalytic hydrothermal gasification (cHTG). Inorganic salts will be recovered from residual process streams to produce marketable fertilisers. Finally, the techno-economic and environmental performance of the entire HyFlexFuel production chain will be evaluated, focusing on social, technological, economic and environmental risks and potential benefits.

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-LCE-2017-RES-CCS-RIA

Coordinator

BAUHAUS LUFTFAHRT EV
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€ 941 582,50
Address
Willy Messerschmitt Strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Germany

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Bayern Oberbayern München, Landkreis
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00

Participants (10)

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
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€ 929 787,50
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Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C

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Danmark Midtjylland Østjylland
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
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€ 674 373,75
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7k
9220 Aalborg

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Danmark Nordjylland Nordjylland
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT
Switzerland
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€ 750 393,75
Address
Forschungstrasse 111
5232 Villigen Psi

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Nordwestschweiz Aargau
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
DBFZ DEUTSCHES BIOMASSEFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH
Germany
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€ 342 781,25
Address
Torgauer Strasse 116
04347 Leipzig

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Sachsen Leipzig Leipzig
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UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM
Germany
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€ 431 033,75
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Schloss Hohenheim
70599 Stuttgart

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Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
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ORGANIC WASTE SYSTEMS NV
Belgium
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€ 216 750,00
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Dok Noord 5
9000 Gent

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SME

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen Arr. Gent
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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ENI SPA
Italy
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€ 272 082,50
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Piazzale Mattei Enrico 1
00144 Roma

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Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
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TOPSOE AS
Denmark
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€ 163 000,00
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Haldor Topsoes Alle 1
2800 Kongens Lyngby

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Danmark Hovedstaden Københavns omegn
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ARTTIC

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France
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€ 207 932,16
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39 Rue Des Mathurins
75008 Paris
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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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ARTTIC INNOVATION GMBH
Germany
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€ 108 626,59
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Oskar-von-miller-ring 29
80333 Munchen

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Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
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