Flexible Production of Synthetic Natural Gas and Biochar via Gasification of Biomass and Waste Feedstocks

    Project: Research

    Project Details


    Our vision is to develop a flexible and cost-effective gasification-based process for the production of pipeline-quality biomethane, high-value biochar and renewable heat from a wide variety of low-quality biomass residues and biogenic waste feedstocks. The combination of gasification process development and feedstock supply chain optimization will lead to significant cost reductions that allow lowering biomethane production costs by more than 30% compared to state-of-the-art biomass-to-SNG technologies. The target is at medium-scale conversion plants, which allows the use of local biomass residues and biogenic wastes without heavy transport logistics. The key innovative technology of FlexSNG is the flexible gasification process that can switch between two operation modes according to price signals and market demand: 1) co-production of biomethane, biochar and heat, and 2) maximised production of biomethane and heat. The produced biomethane can be readily injected into the existing gas infrastructure for distribution in the transport sector, heat/power production, industries and households. The co-produced biochar can be used to displace fossil fuels in energy production and industry or in material applications. The FlexSNG concept is based on the European partners’ advanced technologies in the field of oxygen production, gasification and gas clean-up and methanation. The innovative key enabling technologies will be developed and validated to TRL5. The Canadian partners bring their expertise in feedstock supply chain management, modelling and optimization of integrated biorefinery concepts, and the Canadian perspective into the project. FlexSNG will demonstrate the targeted 30% cost reduction in concrete case studies representing both European and Canadian conditions. The proposed activities are well in line with the goals set in the work programme for international cooperation with Canada to develop new sustainable solutions for biofuels/bioenergy production.
    Effective start/end date1/06/2131/05/24

    Collaborative partners

    • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (lead)
    • Wood Italiana Srl (Project partner)
    • Creative Optimization Sweden AB (Project partner)
    • EIFER- European Institute for Energy Research by EDF and KIT (Project partner)
    • Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) (Project partner)
    • Polytechnique Montréal (Project partner)
    • Sumitomo SHI FW Energia Oy (Project partner)
    • Technical University of Denmark (DTU) (Project partner)
    • Energia, Trasporti, Agricoltura srl (ETA) (Project partner)
    • Université Laval (Project partner)
    • Forestry Research Insitute of Sweden (Project partner)
    • Johnson Matthey plc (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
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action


    • H2020
    • gasification
    • biomethane
    • gas cleaning
    • intermediate bioenergy carriers
    • International Cooperation