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Chemical Looping gAsification foR sustainAble production of biofuels

Chemical Looping gAsification foR sustainAble production of biofuels

Objective

Biomass gasification is one of the most promising routes of biofuels production, which is a key element in reducing GHG emissions of the transport sector. Various process options have been investigated, implemented in different scales and proven to be functional. However, these processes lack economic and technological competitiveness in the current market environment. This issue is addressed by Chemical Looping Gasification (CLG) in this project. The innovative CLG process uses an oxygen carrier that is cycled between a fuel and an air reactor to provide oxygen for partial conversion of the biomass feedstock. One of the benefits of CLG is that high quality syngas with low nitrogen content can be produced without an air separation unit. Avoiding air separation has high potential to improve the overall conversion efficiency and the economic feasibility of biomass gasification. The aim of this project is to further develop CLG, which has by now only been investigated in lab-scale up to 25 kWth feedstock input, using a broad range of pilot plants up to a size of 1 MWth. Furthermore, concepts for pre-treatment of biogenic residues are developed to enable their use for CLG, and an innovative syngas cleaning concept is established for reduction of capital costs. The full process chain including biomass pre-treatment, gasification, syngas treatment, Fischer-Tropsch (FT) synthesis, and FT-wax hydrocracking is demonstrated for production of next generation sustainable liquid biofuels. The process is scaled up to industrial size using adequate models that have been validated at pilot scale. The risks of the technology are assessed considering economic, health, safety and social issues and possibilities for risk mitigation are suggested. A techno-economic assessment of the biomass-to-end–use chain is performed. Environmental impact is examined by life cycle analysis. The results are disseminated by a broad range of measures and exploitation plans are established.
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Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Address

Karolinenplatz 5
64289 Darmstadt

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 103 750

Participants (12)

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AICHERNIG ENGINEERING GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 492 500

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 698 241,25

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 387 498,75

RWE POWER AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 794 200

FUNDACION CENER-CIEMAT

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 277 200

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'AQUILA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 163 000

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 162 810

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 195 125

TORKAPPARATER TERMISK PROCESSUTRUSTNING AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 162 500

UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 148 117,50

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 296 362,50

UNIPETROL VYZKUMNE VZDELAVACI CENTRUM AS

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 112 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 817841

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2018

  • End date

    31 October 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 993 805

  • EU contribution

    € 4 993 805

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Germany