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

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.
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Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

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Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 493 322,50

Participants (9)

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UAB ENERSTENA

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 230 937,50

INERATEC GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 999 350

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 457 420

HELEN OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 111 250

LIETUVOS ENERGETIKOS INSTITUTAS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 225 552,50

KAUNO ENERGIJA AB

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 93 125

NESTE ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 153 750

JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 564 837,50

OY BRYNOLF GRONMARK AB

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 160 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 763919

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2018

  • End date

    28 February 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 489 545

  • EU contribution

    € 4 489 545

Coordinated by:

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland