Consumer stock ownership: an innovative and inclusive community energy model – Kelso-Professorship, European • Kelso-Professorship, European University Viadrina

The European Commission’s proposal for the Renewable Energy Directive for the period following the year 2020 introduces a gradual phase-out of conventional biofuels and sets a minimum target for advanced biofuels for transport. Therefore, there is a pressing need for research that will pave the way for innovative biofuels from sustainable raw materials to be brought to the market.
TO-SYN-FUEL is a Horizon 2020-funded project coordinated by Fraunhofer UMSICHT in Germany, that is seeking to build-up, operate and demonstrate the production of synthetic fuels and green hydrogen from waste biomass. The project began in May 2017 and will run for a period of 48 months.
TO-SYN-FUEL will demonstrate 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 primary ambition of this project will be to demonstrate and validate the technical and economic viability of the integrated TCR®/PSA/HDO technology approaches, together with their environmental and social sustainability, as well as the cost-competitiveness, at near-commercial scale through the construction of a demonstrator that will also serve as an exemplar to facilitate rapid commercial uptake.