|Business||Period||Project Coordinator||Funding scheme|
|Energy||April 2020 - March 2024||Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas||H2020-EU.3.3.3.|
More than 4 billion passengers travelled by plane in 2018 according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual review of 2019. The increasing demands of air traffic leads to increasing demands of aviation fuels (jet fuels) making the airline sector responsible for 3% of the total current GHG emissions.
At the same time, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) estimated that international shipping in 2012 accounted for 2.2% of global anthropogenic CO2 emissions.
BioSFerA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 884208 to develop biofuels through innovative conversion technologies with reduced energy consumption.
In particular, BioSFerA introduces a novel concept for the next generation sustainable aviation and marine biofuel synthesis combining one of the most promising gasification technologies, Dual Fluidized Bed Gasification, and a 2-step biological gas-to-liquid process for the effective and low-cost microbial oil production. The retrieved lipids, in turn, will undergo proper catalytic hydtrotreating targeting to a mixture of hydrocarbons that is capable of application in aviation and marine engines (drop-in biofuels).
In the framework of BioSFerA, RINA is mainly responsible for the sustainability (techno-economic, environmental, social) and Health & Safety issues related to the project innovation, which means:
Moreover, we are also in charge of the development of the replication guidelines from a market and regulation/HSE perspective.
In conclusion, the superiority of BioSFerA method in terms of cost and bio-synthesis efficiency, lies on the advantageous specifications needed for syngas fermentation compared to the conventional thermochemical pathways which require purification systems and pressurized components.
In this way, the project will: