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Transforming the biodiesel industry to meet Europe’s need for sustainable aviation fuel: business feasibility study, technical validation and real-world demonstration

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€71 429
EU Contribution
€50 000
Project Acronym
SABRE
STRIA Roadmaps
Low-emission alternative energy for transport (ALT)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies
Deployment planning/Financing/Market roll-out,
Environmental/Emissions aspects
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport

Overview

Call for proposal
H2020-SMEINST-1-2015
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

Aviation is the fastest growing transport modality worldwide, with an estimated annual growth of 4.5% until 2050, with a subsequent expected threefold increase in GHG emissions. To tackle this, the aviation industry has set ambitious goals to reach carbon neutral growth by 2020 and to cut CO2 emissions by 50% by 2050. The progressive use of Biojet Fuel (BF) is one of the most effective to tackle this, with clear targets already set globally. However, two issues hold back the development of the BF industry: 1) Cost: biojet fuels are currently around 3 times more expensive than fossil based kerosene. 2) Feedstock sustainability and availability: edible oils currently represent the most economically viable option as feedstock for BF production, but this raises strong concerns in terms of competition with food production.

Objectives

To capture the huge potential of this market, Green Fuels Research (GFR) has developed and patented a technology for producing BF from biodiesel obtained from any raw material, including waste cooking oils and fats, through a process bolt-on to existing biodiesel production facilities. This allows obtaining a fuel with the necessary properties to be certified as BF within the ASTM standard D7566, through a process which presents the following advantages with respect to the alternative approaches:

1. Flexible feedstock: process input is biodiesel, which is already largely produced from many primary feedstocks, including Used Cooking Oils (UCO) or vegetable oils.

2. Scalable and low capital intensity: the GFR process is highly scalable, less complex and capital-intensive to operate.

3. Integration to existing biodiesel plants: the key innovation of the GFR process is its integration downstream existing biodiesel facilities, so that customers don’t have to re-invent the feedstock ecosystem, can leverage their existing infrastructure, and can still produce road fuel diversifying the production.

Funding

Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
European Commission
Type of funding
Public (EU)
Specific funding programme
H2020-EU.3.4.
H2020-EU.2.3.1.

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
Green Fuels Research Ltd
Address
LAKE END 39 CHARLTON CLOSE, CHELTENHAM, GL53 8DH, United Kingdom
EU Contribution
€50 000
Partner Organisations
EU Contribution
€0

Technologies

Technology Theme
Aircraft design and manufacturing
Technology
Morphing wing
Development phase
Research/Invention

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