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H2020: Enabling pre-commercial production of advanced aviation biofuel - call opens 11 May

Posted on 06/04/2017

The specific challenge is to enable commercial production of sustainable and cost-competitive advanced biofuels aimed for use in the aviation sector.

Decarbonisation of the aviation transport sector and reducing its dependence on fossil fuel requires liquid biofuels even in the longer term. Accelerating the deployment of advanced biofuel technologies for use in aviation will allow competitive production of biojet fuels on commercial scale, increase their attractiveness and facilitate achievement of the EU Biofuel FlightPath targets. The specific challenge is to enable commercial production of sustainable and cost-competitive advanced biofuels aimed for use in the aviation sector. In particular, supporting the accomplishment of pre-commercial plant(s) for advanced biofuels for aviation based on sustainable biomass feedstock is essential.

Proposals shall aim at moving technologies that have already reached TRL 5-6 to TRL 6-7 through novel industrial demonstration projects which support the innovative integration of production processes for advanced biofuels for aviation into first–of-a-kind or existing industrial scale plants. Projects should target the most promising advanced aviation biofuel production pathways incorporating upgrading technologies and valorisation of co-products that improve the economic viability of the fuel production. The ultimate production target of aviation biofuel for the complete plant shall be in the range of several tens of thousand tonnes per year. The aviation biofuel must be fully compliant with international aviation fuel standards and therefore suitable for commercial flight operations. Where relevant, projects should also make use of existing infrastructures for transportation, logistics, and fuelling for performing commercial flights with the produced fuel. Relevant datasets shall be collected for these operations.

More details are available here.

If you are interested in this call and would like help building a consortium, KTN can help connect, please contact Michelle Carter.