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Increasing biomass conversion efficiency to carbon-negative sustainable biofuels by combination of thermal and bio-electrochemical processes

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€4 501 739
EU Contribution
€4 501 739
Project Acronym
NET-Fuels
STRIA Roadmaps
Low-emission alternative energy for transport (ALT)
Transport mode
Multimodal icon
Transport policies
Environmental/Emissions aspects
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport

Overview

Call for proposal
HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-03
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

Innovative solution for carbon-negative biofuels

Ongoing efforts to combat climate change require novel solutions for fuel and energy. The aim is the transition to greener technologies. The EU-funded NET-Fuels project will assist in this effort by developing and introducing a novel solution for production of carbon-negative biofuels from low-cost and biogenic residues, using many processes. These include thermochemical conversion, hydrogen separation from syngas, bio-electrochemical conversion of CO2 into methane, and carbon sequestration in biochar. Further, the process will also produce an extra biofuel intermediary, which could be utilised in the conversion route for drop-in fuels. This solution will allow for a substantial reduction of carbon emissions and support the push for green energy and fuels.

Objectives

NET-Fuels develops a novel pathway to produce carbon-negative biofuels from low value biogenic residues (such as digestate, calamity wood, pruning) through a combination of thermochemical conversion, separation of hydrogen from the syngas, oxy-fuel combustion of the tail gas, bio-electrochemical conversion of CO2 into methane and carbon sequestration in the biochar. The process will also generate as an additional product a biofuel intermediary (high quality pyrolysis oil) which has proven conversion route into drop-in fuels. The project will take the integrated process to TRL 5, providing a platform (in terms of technical feasibility, economic performance, and environmental and social sustainability) for further demonstration and validation projects. In doing so it brings together a consortium of internationally recognized experts in biomass thermochemical conversion, bioreactors design, environmental sustainability and life cycle analysis, dynamic modelling, biochar utilisation, economic analysis and business case development and dedicated outreach, public engagement, and social sustainability analysis. The Net-Fuels system will be able to deliver 25 Mtoe of advanced biofuels in 2030 (7% share of the transport fuel consumption), if exploiting between one third and one fourth of the total pool of available feedstock listed in Part A of Annex IX in Europe. In correspondence of such objective, NET-Fuels will ensure 110 Mt of CO2 of net negative emission.

Funding

Specific funding programme
HORIZON.2.5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility
HORIZON.2.5.2 - Energy Supply
Other Programme
HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-03-09 Carbon-negative sustainable biofuel production

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
Alma Mater Studiorum - Universita Di Bologna
Address
Via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€777 743
Partner Organisations
Organisation
Politechnika Slaska
Address
Ul. Akademicka 2A, 44N/A100 Gliwice, Poland
EU Contribution
€460 563
Organisation
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Address
HANSASTRASSE 27C, 80686 MUNCHEN, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€1 663 109
Organisation
ITHAKA INSTITUT GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH
Address
ALTMUTTERWEG 21, 63773 GOLDBACH, Germany
EU Contribution
€412 625
Organisation
Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Associacion
Address
Carrer De La Innovacio 2, 8225 Terrassa, Spain
EU Contribution
€686 214
Organisation
FATIMA CRISTINA CANAZARO DARGAM PERZ
Address
Austria
EU Contribution
€501 485

Technologies

Technology Theme
Alternative fuels
Technology
Biofuels for road transport
TRL
TRL 5
Development phase
Demonstration/prototyping/Pilot Production

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