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PULP&FUEL – Pulp and Paper Industry Wastes to Fuel

PULP&FUEL – Pulp and Paper Industry Wastes to Fuel

The transport sector is dominated by fossil fuels, and alternative fuels represent currently only 5% of fuel consumption in EU. The EU objective for the share of renewable energy in the transport sector is 10% in 2020. To achieve this goal, new advanced biofuels are needed and must be produced from alternative feedstocks. The goal of the PULP&FUEL EU project is to develop a simple and robust fuel synthesis process taking advantage of the synergy between super critical water gasification (wet gasification) and fixed bed gasification (dry gasification).

For the PULP&FUEL project, we have chosen to study the integration of the full process on a pulp mill. The developed process will take advantage of low to negative value wet and dry resources on a paper mill to add value to the overall process. The yield of biofuels will be significantly increased to 28% compared to a classic approach that would only yield 18%. The PULP&FUEL final objective is to produce biofuels below 1 €/L without having a negative impact on the existing operations of the pulp mill.

To achieve these goals a team of 10 partners, leaders in their field, from 4 EU-member states, will join efforts. To this end, we have defined five ambitious specific objectives:

  • Improve the efficiency of the dry gasification process from 70 to 80%
  • Improve the carbon conversion of the wet gasification process to above 90%
  • Improve fuel synthesis to obtain carbon efficiencies above 50% (state of the art 45%)
  • Integration of the full process and synergy between dry and wet gasification
  • Integrated assessments will show that biofuels can be produced below 1 €/L

The PULP&FUEL project addresses the topic "liquid diesel- and gasoline-like biofuels from biogenic residues and wastes through either chemical, biochemical and thermochemical pathways, or a combination of them" of the LC-SC3-RES-21-2018 call.

Project consortium:

  • CEA Liten, France (Coordinator)
  • SINTEF
  • EPFL, Switzerland
  • RICE ETC, Sweden
  • IVL, Sweden
  • Grenoble INP, France
  • SOFRESID, France
  • Fibre Excellence, France
  • Top Industrie, France
  • Absiskey, France


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 818011.

For more information about the project, see http://pulpandfuel.eu/
https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/218227/factsheet/en

Published 25 March 2019
Senior Research Scientist

Project duration

2018 - 2022