The Project

REFOLUTION – Refinery integration, scale-up and certification for aviation and marine biofuels production is a Horizon Europe project aiming to deliver a cost-effective production (with a reduction of CAPEX by 50% and OPEX by 45%) of advanced biofuels for the aviation and marine sectors via a process that can be implemented in existing European refineries.

A strong EU consortium for the full biofuel value chain

The project consortium will deploy risk mitigation pathways for successful implementation into existing refineries, delivering a comprehensive toolbox of models, standards and exploitation pathways for interfacing with existing refinery models and available documentation for further replication in other existing refineries.

The REFOLUTION technology

The project will demonstrate the transformation of bio-oils produced from fast pyrolysis into advanced biofuels, through intermediate process steps combined with downstream co-processing technologies for targeting two different applications:

  • Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) co-processing for aviation and marine sectors, at TRL7;

  • Hydrotreating for marine sector, at TRL6.

REFOLUTION will build the basis of the increased incorporation of advanced biofuels production in existing plants, enhancing the potential of Europe’s 93 operating refineries in accelerating the transition to a greener economy and delivering up to 30% reduction in CO2 emission from their core FCC units.

Integration through co-processing and co-refinery