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FLEXIBLE COMBINED PRODUCTION OF POWER, HEAT AND TRANSPORT FUELS FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

Objective

Seasonal solar energy potential and the need for heat and power do not match in Northern and Central European conditions. Consequently, large investments are needed for storing solar energy from summer season to dark winter time. The widely available combined heat and power plants and heating networks should be utilized effectively also in the future energy system. In addition to these challenges, decarbonisation of the transport sector requires massive production of renewable fuels especially for the heavy duty sector: air traffic, ships, heavy duty road vehicles. FLEXCHX project is aiming to present a cost-effective solution to tackle these challenges of the new European energy mix.

Principal ideas of the proposal are:
- A hybrid process that integrates electrolysis to biomass gasification and synthesis is developed and the key enabling technologies of this process are validated to reach TRL5.
- In summer season renewable fuel intermediate (FT-wax) is produced from biomass carbon boosted with solar energy driven electrolysis. A small amount of by-product heat is also produced to cover the summer-time demand for district heating. Biomass consumption is halved compared to the winter time operation and 50 % of the input energy comes from low-cost excess electricity.
- In winter season the plant is operated without the electrolyzer in a way that biomass conversion to liquid fuel intermediate, heat and electricity is maximized.
- Most of the invested plant components are in full use throughout the year, only the electrolysis unit is operated seasonally

Behind FLEXCHX there is a multi-national consortium composed of RTD organizations, industry and SMEs representing the entire value chain. The RTD partners have excellent synergistic competences, while the industrial partners represent lead industries covering the complete value chain from biomass gasification, gas cleaning and fuel synthesis component and plant manufacturers to service providers and end-users.

Call for proposal

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

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 493 322,50

Participants (9)

UAB ENERSTENA
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 230 937,50
Address
Ateities Pl. 30A
52163 Kaunas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INERATEC GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 999 350
Address
Siemensallee 84
76187 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 457 420
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELEN OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 111 250
Address
Kampinkuja 2
00090 Helsinki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LIETUVOS ENERGETIKOS INSTITUTAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 225 552,50
Address
Breslaujos G. 3
LT-44403 Kaunas
Activity type
Research Organisations
KAUNO ENERGIJA AB
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 93 125
Address
Raudondvario Pl 84
47179 Kaunas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NESTE ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 153 750
Address
Pobox 310
06101 Porvoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 564 837,50
Address
Farringdon Street 25 5Th Floor
EC4A 4AB London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OY BRYNOLF GRONMARK AB
Finland
EU contribution
€ 160 000
Address
Ahventie 4 A 16
02170 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)