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Lignin as a feedstock for renewable marine fuels

Objective

The overall goal of IDEALFUEL is to enable the utilization of lignin from lignocellulosic biomass as maritime fuel in a sustainable manner. IDEALFUEL aims to develop an efficient and low-cost chemical pathway to convert lignocellulosic biomass into a Bio Heavy Fuel Oil (Bio-HFO) with ultra-low sulphur levels that can be used as drop-in fuel in the existing maritime fleet.
This will be achieved by the strategy to first extract lignin from lignocellulosic biomass as a Crude Lignin Oil (CLO) and to convert the CLO - in a second chemical step - into a Bio-HFO. The solid cellulose fraction, which will be separated from the CLO via simple filtration, can be used in the pulp and paper industry or converted into ethanol. Hemicellulose will either be separated from the CLO or end up in the Bio-HFO.
IDEALFUEL’s ambition is to develop new technologies, solutions and processes from the current lab-scale (TRL3) via bench-scale (TRL4) to pilot scale (TRL5) and to prove the performance and compatibility of the Bio-HFO over the whole blending range in maritime fuel systems and marine engines. This includes a safety evaluation, which is necessary for the approval by the relevant regulatory bodies.
Further, IDEALFUEL will prove the techno-economic potential to reach a cost level of 700 € per tonne in 2025, 600 € per tonne in 2030 and < 500 € per tonne beyond 2030 resulting from optimisation, scaling effects of larger plant sizes and repetitive installations. This is cost competitive with Ultra-Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (ULSFO) which current, 2019, price level is 450-550 €/ton. IDEALFUEL will also carry out a Well to Propeller impact assessment and Life Cycle Analysis to check and proof the soundness of the environmental, society and sustainability aspects of the to be developed technologies, processes, products and logistics.

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-SC3-2019-NZE-RES-CC
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 963 000

Participants (10)

VERTORO BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 488 625
Address
Urmonderbaan 22
6167 RD Geleen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TEC4FUELS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 367 375
Address
Kaiserstrasse 100
52134 Herzogenrath
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BLOOM BIORENEWABLES SARL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 541 875
Address
Chemin Du Closel 5 C/o Mass Challenge
1020 Renens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIRESEARCH BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 189 875
Address
Elektronicaweg 16
2628XG Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WINTERTHUR GAS & DIESEL AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 500 982,50
Address
Schutzenstrasse 1-3
8401 Winterthur
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SEANRG BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 299 250
Address
De Lairessestraat 180
1075HM Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THYSSENKRUPP MARINE SYSTEMS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 150 997,50
Address
Werftstrasse 112-114
24143 Kiel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OWI SCIENCE FOR FUELS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 531 875
Address
Kaiserstrasse 100
52134 Herzogenrath
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 535 606,25
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
VARO ENERGY NETHERLANDS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 203 191
Address
Waalhaven Z.z. 11
3089 JH Rotterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)