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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.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/biofuels
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels

Call for proposal

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

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

BAUHAUS LUFTFAHRT EV
Address
Willy Messerschmitt Strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 941 582,50

Participants (9)

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 929 787,50
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 674 373,75
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 750 393,75
Address
Forschungstrasse 111
5232 Villigen Psi
Activity type
Research Organisations
DBFZ DEUTSCHES BIOMASSEFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 342 781,25
Address
Torgauer Strasse 116
04347 Leipzig
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 431 033,75
Address
Schloss Hohenheim
70599 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ORGANIC WASTE SYSTEMS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 216 750
Address
Dok Noord 5
9000 Gent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 272 082,50
Address
Piazzale Mattei Enrico 1
00144 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HALDOR TOPSOE AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 163 000
Address
Haldor Topsoes Alle 1
2800 Kongens Lyngby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARTTIC
France
EU contribution
€ 316 558,75
Address
Rue Du Dessous Des Berges 58A
75013 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)