The FNR coordinated ADVANCEFUEL project was successfully completed at the end of August. In the past three years, obstacles to the successful market entry of sustainable, advanced renewable fuels (RESfuels) have been examined, and innovative strategies and recommendations have been developed to overcome them.
Targeted studies of the RESfuel value chain, e.g. regarding the availability of lignocellulosic biomass, were conducted and the results have been summarised and presented in various project reports and fact sheets. In addition to the quantification of suitable biomass potential, the ADVANCEFUEL team also considered the availability of marginal locations for the cultivation of lignocellulosic energy crops. Sustainability analyses of the raw materials used and the socio-economic influences of the processes associated with RESfuel production, also played an important role.
The current state and development of conversion technologies were also thoroughly examined and described by ADVANCEFUEL. In order to be able to provide recommendations for possible cost reductions in this context, the possibility of integrating RESfuel production into existing infrastructures was examined more closely. One of the main challenges that stand in the way of increased marketing procedures for RESfuels, is the still very high overall cost of RESfuels in comparison to conventional biofuels. This requires the use of process innovations, technological developments and scale-up measures. In order to increase investor confidence, further political and financial support is urgently needed. This is also the case in terms of ensuring the necessary technological development, further expansion, and integration of the current market to include RESfuels. Additional measures are needed to reduce the assessed barriers as it was possible to confirmed the importance of advanced biofuels for the short and medium term decarbonisation of the transport sector, particularly in the aviation, maritime and heavy-duty transport sectors, where there are no immediate alternatives. However, due to the complex challenges in technological development coupled with high production costs in comparison to conventional biofuels, their current production and market acceptance are still too low.
All project reports are available at the following link on the project website: www.advancefuel.eu/en/publications.
This project has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 764799.