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Optimized Fuels for sustainable transport in Europe

Objective

OPTFUEL undertakes a first large scale demonstration of the Biomass to Liquid (BtL) production chain from biomass via gasification and fuel synthesis to the final fuel in the consumer car. BtL production will be demonstrated in an industrial size plant environment (15000 t/a). All production chain components from biomass provision up to market introduction of final consumer fuels containing BtL will be optimized and demonstrated including: The preparation of a feedstock supply concept for a large scale BtL plant of 200.000 t/a, 200 ha of perennial crop cultivation, static and dynamic process modelling for upscaling, BtL production, blending and fuel upgrading techniques, testing of BtL diesel and naphtha blends in advanced EU V engines, vehicles and future engine concepts. Commonly agreed fuel specifications will be derived for BtL-blend fuels. Well to Wheel (WTW) analysis of this pathway with different parameter studies, dissemination of biomass supply concepts and the demonstration of BtL blend fuel in show cars are included. VOLKSWAGEN has joined forces with Ford and Renault providing test facilities for the new fuels which are produced by Choren Industries, the leading company in biomass gasification for synthetic transport fuels including adapted feedstock concepts. CONCAWE, the research organisation of the mineral oil industry and research institutes IFP and Certh responsible for blending and upgrading BtL ensure a high quality fulfilling the requirements of a premium diesel fuel. Invensys for modelling the production plant, the Indian Institute of Technology for testing BtL blends in the Indian market and SYNCOM a project management enterprise are complementing the consortium. The results of this project are expected to be the basis for a 200.000 t/a BtL production unit in Europe.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/sustainable transport
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2007-2-TREN
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

VOLKSWAGEN AG
Address
Berliner Ring 2
38440 Wolfsburg
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olga Hieb (Ms.)

Participants (10)

CHOREN INDUSTRIES GMBH
Germany
Address
Frauensteiner Strasse
Freiberg
Administrative Contact
Matthias Rudloff (Mr.)
FORD FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM AACHEN GMBH
Germany
Address
Suesterfeldstrasse 200
52072 Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rainer Vogt (Dr.)
RENAULT SAS
France
Address
Quai Le Gallo 13
92100 Boulogne Billancourt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pierre-Emmanuel Pommarel (Mr.)
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Athanasios G. Konstandopoulos (Dr.)
IFP Energies nouvelles
France
Address
Avenue De Bois Preau 1 & 4
92500 Rueil Malmaison
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gaele Valet (Ms.)
CONCAWE IVZW
Belgium
Address
Boulevard Du Souverain 165
1160 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Kenneth Rose (Dr.)
INVENSYS SYSTEMS GMBH
Germany
Address
Hermann Klammt Strasse
Neuss
Administrative Contact
Gregor Fernholz (Dr.)
SYNCOM FORSCHUNGS- UND ENTWICKLUNGSBERATUNG GMBH
Germany
Address
Am Steinacker 16
27777 Ganderkesee
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Klaus Lenz (Dr.)
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY DELHI
India
Address
Hauz Khas
110 016 New Delhi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lalit Mohan. Das (Prof.)
LIGNOVIS GMBH
Germany
Address
Tietzestrasse
Hamburg
Administrative Contact
Michael Weitz (Mr.)