To demonstrate and validate the technical and commercial viability of this integrated approach, the project will combine in one plant TCR®, HDO and pressure swing adsorption PSA, together with respective environmental and social sustainability mapping. The main objective is to create TCR® and HDO and the separation of H2 through the combination of a new value chain.
The bio-oil feedstock from the TCR® is fed with hydrogen from the PSA into a fixed bed reactor. The HDO unit is the part of the plant where the bio-oil is upgraded. The reactions over the catalysts occur which result in the removal of heteroatoms of the bio-oil such as sulphur, nitrogen and oxygen. This process runs with a surplus of hydrogen. In respect to the economic efficiency and the environment this will be recycled through the PSA unit.
Thanks to this technology it is possible to get a drop-in fuel as a final product of the process. Within the project biogenic residues or organic residues are converted into useful, inexpensive and high-performance synthetic fuels on a demonstration scale. The scale up of one hundred of such plants installed throughout Europe would avoid GHG emissions equivalent to five millions people per year and divert millions of tonnes of organic wastes from landfill to sustainable biofuel production. As a result, the To-Syn-Fuel approach opens up long-term opportunities to convert organic waste into renewable fuels and to directly implement these fuels into existing petroleum infrastructure.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 745749.
The project responds to the topic LCE-19-2016-2017, Demonstration of the most promising advanced biofuel pathways.