Sustainable Jet Fuel from Flexible Waste Biomass


FlexJet will build a pre-commercial demonstration plant for the production of advanced aviation biofuel (jet fuel) from waste vegetable oil and organic solid waste biomass (food waste), successfully demonstrating the SABR-TCR technology(traditional transesterification (TRANS) and Thermo-Catalytic Reforming (TCR) combined with hydrogen separation through pressure swing adsorption (PSA), and hydro deoxygenation (HDO) and hydro cracking/ isomerisation (HC)) to produce a fully equivalent jet fuel (compliant with ASTM D7566 Standards). This project will deliver respective environmental and social sustainability mapping and it will validate a comprehensive exploitation business plan, building on already established end user interest with existing offtake agreements already in place with British Airways. The project plant installed at the source of where the waste arises in BIGA Energie at Hohenstein (Germany) will produce 1,200 ton of jet fuel from 3,482 tonnes of dried organic waste and 1,153 tonnes of waste vegetable oil per year. A subsequent scale-up first commercial plant would be constructed immediately after the project end to produce 25,000 tonnes per year of aviation fuel. The FlexJet project consortium has undoubtedly bought together the leading researchers, industrial technology providers including airline off takers and renewable energy experts from across Europe, in a combined, committed and dedicated research effort to deliver the overarching ambition. Building and extending from previous framework funding this project is designed to set the benchmark for future sustainable aviation fuel development and growth within Europe and will provide a real example to the rest of the world of how sustainable aviation biofuels can be produced at both large and decentralised scales economically whilst simultaneously addressing social and environmental needs.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Andrea Contin

Unibo involved Department/s:
Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca per le Scienze Ambientali


Other Participants:
Fraunhofer Ipa (Germany)
Hygear Technology And Services Bv (Netherlands)
WRG Europe Ltd (United Kingdom)
Skyenergy Bv (Netherlands)
Biga Energie Gmbh & Co Kg (Germany)
Susteen Technologies (Germany)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
ETA s.r.l. (Italy)
Green Fuels Research Ltd (United Kingdom)
Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Associacion (Spain)
The University Of Sheffield Usfd (United Kingdom)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 11.137.232,51
Project Duration in months: 72
Start Date: 01/04/2018
End Date: 31/03/2024

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Affordable and clean energy This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 792216