The aim of BIO4A is to enable a large-scale pre-commercial production of aviation biofuel from sustainable (biogenic waste) feedstock in the EU. Importantly, the aviation biofuel will be fully in compliance with exiting ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standard.
The project goal is to produce 5,000 ton of HEFA (hydro-processed esters and fatty acids) fuel from waste such as used cooking oil. The production will take place in a novel industrial scale first-of-a-kind demo plant in La Mède bio-refinery, France. The fuel will be distributed using the existing infrastructures and conventional aircraft fuelling systems for commercial flights. The project will advance the full value chain of production from a technology readiness level TRL6 to TRL7.
Since currently main barrier to the commercial production of biojet is the price gap, BIO4A will explicitly address performance and cost targets vs. relevant key performance indicators. The final goal is to prove the business case, identifying potential issues of public acceptance, market or regulatory risks and barriers (feedstock, technological, business, process) along the entire value chain, while taking advantage of previous projects and proposing potential mitigation solutions.
Producing commercial-scale quantities of advanced biofuels for aviation will deliver significant environmental benefits through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and will also contribute to a better management of natural resources and waste use.