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Scenarios for integration of bio-liquids in existing REFINERY processes

Scenarios for integration of bio-liquids in existing REFINERY processes

Objective

There is a strong need to develop new biofuels production technologies that can be integrated into existing infrastructures, leading to biofuels that are cost competitive compared to existing ones and conventional fuels, with the same level of performance and a lower carbon footprint.
The 4REFINERY project will develop and demonstrate up to pilot, routes to the production of next generation biofuels from more efficient primary liquefaction processes integrated with upgraded downstream (hydro)refining processes, to achieve overall increased carbon yields of >45%. The strong consortium covering the full process value chain, will identify risk-mitigation pathways for successful implementation into existing refineries, including delivering a comprehensive toolbox for interfacing with existing refinery models.
4REFINERY will focus on optimal pathways for the transformation of bio-liquids from fast pyrolysis and hydrothermal liquefaction into advanced biofuels, through intermediate process steps (fractionation, stabilisation) combined with downstream co-processes technologies at different levels of severities (temperature, hydrogen consumption, carbon yield): co-Fluid Catalytic Cracking, co-hydrodeoxygenation and co-hydrotreating. The project will establish relations between product’s properties, the quality of renewable feedstocks and the main process parameters.
The study of these combinations will allow a full understanding of the influence of feedstock and treatment processes on product characteristics, describing, analysing and providing insight into synergetic effects. Tangible results include add-ons to existing flow sheeting programs/unit model, with the objectives to analyze different scenarios for further implementation into existing archetype refineries, and to be deployed in existing in-house programming tools used by the oil companies.
The financial resources mobilized by the 8 partners represent a total grant of 5 965 474 € with a global effort of 549 PM.
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SINTEF AS

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Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim

Norway

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Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 926 322,50

Participants (8)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 737 375

B.T.G. BIOMASS TECHNOLOGY GROUP BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 769 975

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 1 163 135

REPSOL SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 493 812,50

AALBORG UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 929 255

E4TECH (UK) LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 210 251,21

MOL MAGYAR OLAJ ES GAZIPARI RT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 651 812,50

STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 83 535

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 727531

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2017

  • End date

    30 April 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 965 473,71

  • EU contribution

    € 5 965 473,71

Coordinated by:

SINTEF AS

Norway