The Demonstration of Waste Biomass to Synthetic Fuels and Green Hydrogen


TO-SYN-FUEL will demonstrate the conversion of organic waste biomass (Sewage Sludge) into biofuels. The project implements a new integrated process combining Thermo-Catalytic Reforming (TCR©), with hydrogen separation through pressure swing adsorption (PSA), and hydro deoxygenation (HDO), to produce a fully equivalent gasoline and diesel substitute (compliant with EN228 and EN590 European Standards) and green hydrogen for use in transport . The TO-SYNFUEL project consortium has undoubtedly bought together the leading researchers, industrial technology providers 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 development and growth within Europe and will provide a real example to the rest of the world of how sustainable energy, economic, social and environmental needs can successfully be addressed. This project will be the platform for deployment of a subsequent commercial scale facility. This will be the first of its kind to be built anywhere in the world, processing organic industrial wastes directly into transportation grade biofuels fuels which will be a demonstration showcase for future sustainable investment and economic growth across Europe. This project will mark the first precommercial scale deployment of the technology processing up to 2100 tonnes per year of dried sewage sludge into 210,000 litres per year of liquid biofuels and up to 30,000 kg of green hydrogen. The scale up of 100 of such plants installed throughout Europe would be sufficient to convert up to 32 million tonnes per year of organic wastes into sustainable biofuels, contributing towards 35 million tonnes of GHG savings and diversion of organic wastes from landfill. This proposal is responding to the European Innovation Call LCE-19.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Andrea Contin

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

Fraunhofer Ipa(Germany)

Other Participants:
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Susteen Technologies (Germany)
ENI S.p.A. NR/EXP (Italy)
Engie Services Nederland Nv (Netherlands)
Hygear Technology And Services Bv (Netherlands)
Verfahrenstechnik Schwedt GmbH (Germany)
Eta - Energia,Trasporti,Agricoltura S.R.L. (Italy)
Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Associacion (Spain)
Slibverwerking Noord-Brabant Nv (Netherlands)
WRG Europe Ltd (United Kingdom)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 12.250.528,13
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/05/2017
End Date: 30/04/2021

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Responsible consumption and production This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 745749 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 745749