Multi-disciplinary consortium launches EU-funded project that will set up and test value chains for advanced biofuels and renewable non-biological fuels in four demos in Europe.
23 partners from the EU, Kenya and the UK met yesterday in Athens to kick off the FUELPHORIA project, which aims to establish sustainable, competitive and secure value chains for advanced biofuels and renewable non-biological fuels.
The project contributes to the objectives of the European Commission’s 2022 REPower EU Plan “to scale-up renewables, achieve electrification, and replace fossil-based heat and fuel in industry, buildings, and the transport sector”.
Project partners will demonstrate that sustainable value chains for advanced biofuels and non-biological renewable fuels can be established in real environment, offering an alternative to fossil fuels.
“The active participation of all the players along the value chains is of key importance for project’s success. Feedstock suppliers, technology providers, and end-users will be involved in the different phases and activities of the project, from the sustainable supply of feedstock, to the conversion of feedstock into renewable fuels, and the transport to the end user.”
Kostis Atsonios, FUELPHORIA Project Coordinator, CERTH
A range of chemical, electrochemical, biological, thermochemical, and photobiological processes will be used to convert different feedstocks into an array of renewable fuels. The fuels will be developed to meet quality specifications defined by end-users in the transport sector (aviation, maritime and road) and in the power production sector (gas or oil-fired thermal plants).
Four demonstrators in Spain, Belgium, and Greece will serve as the testing grounds for the nine value chains. They will solve the technical issues related to the conversion of feedstock into renewable fuels and will prepare their market entry, by designing innovative business models.
The participation of the Technical University of Mombasa (Kenya) will play an important role in exploring the possibilities of EU export of renewables and biofuels to Africa. Moreover, the University College of London will explore the potential exploitation of the FUELPHORIA value chains in Egypt.
At the end of the project, a set of policy recommendations for EU policymakers will be developed with the objective of showcasing how the results of the project can contribute to a sustainable transition of the EU energy systems.