Start of the EU-funded research project HyFlexFuel
On October 26th and 27th, 2017, the kick-off meeting of the joint project HyFlexFuel, funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, took place at Bauhaus Luftfahrt.
The central objective of HyFlexFuel (“Hydrothermal Liquefaction: Enhanced performance and feedstock Flexibility for efficient bioFuel production”) is to advance the sustainable production of renewable drop-in fuels through hydrothermal liquefaction of various types of biogenic feedstock. In the process of hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL), feedstock materials are converted in an aqueous medium under pressure and near the critical temperature of water (374 °C) into a raw product termed bio-crude. Subsequently, bio-crude can be upgraded via petrochemical processes to yield liquid fuels and other chemical products. HyFlexFuel addresses the entire process chain, including the valorisation of residual process streams, e.g. through recovery of inorganic nutrients as marketable fertilisers from process wastewaters.
The HyFlexFuel consortium comprises of ten European partners. Coordinated by Bauhaus Luftfahrt, the project combines the expertise of the research institutions Aarhus Universitet, Aalborg Universitet, Paul Scherrer Institut, Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum and Universität Hohenheim, the companies Organic Waste Systems, Eni and Haldor Topsøe as well as the management partner Arttic.
The duration of HyFlexFuel is four years with an overall funding volume of 5 million euros (Grant Agreement No. 764734).
The participants of the HyFlexFuel kick-off meeting.