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NextGenRoadFuels - was a project to develop a competitive European technology platform for sustainable liquid fuel production. The project would prove the Hydrothermal Liquefaction Pathway (HTL) as an efficient route to produce high-volume, cost-competitive, drop-in synthetic gasoline and diesel fuels, as well as other hydrocarbon compounds.

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This project has finished.
You can read our final press release:
20 October 2022 HTL Biorefinery: Efficient circular use of urban waste for fuels, feed and fertilizer.


NextGenRoadFuels will develop a cost-effective valorisation pathway for multiple urban waste streams such as sewage sludge from treated wastewater, food waste and construction wood waste. These waste streams will be converted into renewable fuels, fertilizers and proteins, thus fostering the urban transition towards a circular economy.

The project is fully aligned with the SET Plan Key Action 8 on renewable fuels, which calls for an acceleration of the development and deployment of low-carbon technologies in the transport sector. NextGenRoadFuels will also contribute to the renewable-energy-in-transport target, as well as to the GHG emissions reduction objectives, in line with the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) and the European Energy Roadmap 2050.

SINTEF  Energy Research is leading the Work Package on "Process design, techno-economics & LCA" and will be primarily involved in the following tasks:

  • Process analysis
  • Design & scale-up engineering
  • Operation and maintenance
  • Cost analysis
  • Risk and viability analysis

The consortium, coordinated by Aalborg University (DK), counts on 11 beneficiaries from 7 countries:

Contact persons:
Mette Bugge
Gonzalo del Alamo Serrano

Further information:

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 818413.

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Project duration

2018 - 2022