BIOfuels production from Syngas FERmentation for Aviation and maritime use

  • Nikkanen, Ville (Manager)

    Project: EU project

    Project Details


    BioSFerA aims to develop a cost-effective interdisciplinary technology to produce sustainable aviation and maritime fuels. Thus, biogenic residues and wastes will be gasified and the syngas will be fermented to produce bio-based triacylglycerides (TAGs). Bio-fuels will be produced via TAG hydrotreatment. The overall process, combining thermochemical, biological and thermocatalytic parts is based on the gasification of biomass and other biogenic waste in a Dual Fluidized Bed gasifier and the 2-stage fermentation of the produced syngas. Through this process the syngas is converted to acetate (1st stage) and then the acetate is converted to TAGs (2nd stage). The produced TAGs contained medium and long fatty acids are hydrotreated and isomerized after the necessary separation and purification and the end-products are jet- and bunker-like biofuels, respectively. BioSFerA aims to evolve the proposed technology from TRL3 to TRL5. In the TRL3 phase, extensive lab scale tests will take place in order to optimize the process and increase its feedstock flexibility in terms of non-food bio-based blends. The best acetogenic bacterial strain will be identified based on its tolerance to syngas contaminants. Moreover, oleaginous yeasts will be genetically modified to convert the acetate derived from the first stage into C14 and C16-18 TAGs. Then, building upon lab tests, the pilot scale runs (TRL5) will investigate the overall process. At least two barrels of Hydrotreated TAGs will be produced as drop-in biofuels for aviation and marine. By exploiting the synergies between biological and thermochemical technologies, BioSFerA achieves a total carbon utilization above 35% and a minimum selling price
    Effective start/end date1/04/2031/03/24

    Collaborative partners

    • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    • Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) (Project partner) (lead)
    • National Technical University of Athens (Project partner)
    • RINA Consulting S.p.A. (Project partner)
    • Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (Project partner)
    • Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant vzw (Project partner)
    • Kuwait Petroleum Research and Technology B.V. (Project partner)
    • Sumitomo SHI FW Energia Oy (Project partner)
    • CARTIF Technology Center (Project partner)
    • Parco Scientifico Tecnologico Per l'Ambiente - Park Torino S.p.A. (Project partner)
    • Seanrg B.V. (Project partner)

    UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

    Funding category

    • EU-H2020


    • H2020-LC-SC3-2019-NZE-RES-CC
    • Transport biofuels