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CarbON Valorisation in Energy-efficient Green fuels

Objective

The CONVERGE project will validate an innovative value chain for the production of green biodiesel. The innovative configuration will reduce the total number of unit operations needed to achieve the conversion of secondary biomass and waste streams into green biodiesel, while simultaneously producing additional intermediate green refinery products. The CONVERGE project will demonstrate 5 unit operations in 3 grouped processing steps (pre-processing, valorization & enhanced methanol), taking these new combinations from the discovery stage (TRL3) to development stage (TRL5). The combination of these technologies will increase the biodiesel production from secondary biomass by 12% together with biodiesel production will be reduced by up to 2100 M€ across Europe. In this project, risks are mitigated from the very start; each unit can be implemented as a stand-alone function within a modified state-of-the-art technology chain and thus provide immediate performance and energy efficiency improvements. Moreover, the units when used together have synergies that allow even more efficiency gains. The new units to be taken from discovery to development are: CCT: Catalytic cracking of tars from a gasifier to below green C8, integrated with BITS: Recovery of refinery products including aromatics for green C6-C8 fraction (BTX). Then, SER: Sorption-Enhanced Reforming is adopted for H2 and CO2 separation, integrated with EHC: Highly efficient electrochemical compression of green H2 with by-product fuel EMM: Enhanced Methanol Membrane synthesis to ensure green biodiesel production. The technology will be validated for more than 2000 cumulated hours. The CONVERGE consortium covers the whole value chain from secondary biomass supply to biodiesel production, demonstrating the new unit operations on site within an ambitious 42 months period.

Field of science

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

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-SC3-2018-RES-SingleStage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 511 875

Participants (9)

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 248 225
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
KEMIJSKI INSTITUT
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 548 402,50
Address
Hajdrihova 19
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITATEA BABES BOLYAI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 295 000
Address
Mihail Kogalniceanu 1
400084 Cluj Napoca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HYET HYDROGEN BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 487 720
Address
Westervoortsedijk 71 K
6827 AV Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUTT FOR ENERGITEKNIKK
Norway
EU contribution
€ 1 058 756,25
Address
Instituttveien 18
2027 Kjeller
Activity type
Research Organisations
CAMPA IBERIA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 112 500
Address
Via Layetana 47 P3 Pta1
08003 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIORECRO AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 484 475
Address
Frejgatan 1
11420 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CA.RE. FOR ENGINEERING
Italy
EU contribution
€ 183 077,50
Address
Via G Boccaccio 71
50133 Firenze
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENVIRAL AS
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 157 000
Address
Trnavska Cesta
920 41 Leopoldov
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)