Production of advanced bioFUELS via pyrolysis and UPgrading of 100% biogenic residues for aviation and marine sector, including full valorisation of side streams

FUEL-UP project aims at producing simultaneously the key renewable SAF and marine fuels from 100% biogenic feedstocks (primarily forestry residues) through pyrolysis and downstream upgrading of pyrolysis oils to advanced biofuels, reducing GHG emissions of the important aviation and marine transport sectors.


FUEL-UP has been launched on 1 January 2024 by a strong industrial-academic consortium gathering major industrial actors, leading research institutes and small and medium-sized enterprises, covering the entire value chain for the development of next generation of biofuel production technologies for aviation and marine and their implementation in existing refineries.
The FUEL-UP project is coordinated by SINTEF Industry (Norway) and has a consortium of 12 partners from 8 different EU countries: SINTEF Ocean (Norway), B.T.G. Biomass Technology Group (The Netherlands), BTG-Next (The Netherlands), Tüpras (Türkiye), RANIDO (Czech Republic), AVECOM (Belgium), German Aerospace Center (Germany), Aristeng (Luxembourg), ETA-Florence Renewable Energies (Italy), LIST (Luxembourg), Ketjen (The Netherlands).



Key objectives of the project include:

  • Demonstrating the full value chain of production of advanced biofuels: FUEL-UP will showcase a viable pathway for creating advanced biofuels from readily available resources such as lignocellulosic feedstock and biogenic waste, thus offering a practical solution for de-fossilizing key industries.
  • Accelerating the cost-effective conversion of biomass into SAF and marine biofuels: By demonstrating efficient methods like pyrolysis, oil upgrading, refining and utilization of byproducts, the project aims at ensuring biofuel price parity and at responding to market demand in biofuels.
  • Boosting economic productivity and competitiveness: FUEL-UP is expected to contribute to achieving higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation.
  • Mitigating climate change: FUEL-UP aims at achieving up to 80% reduction in GHG emissions compared to fossil fuels and 47% compared to the state-of-the-art advanced biofuels and at providing scenarios for green hydrogen production.
  • Paving the way to marine and aviation fuel certification of products and processes in order to ensure that production is compatible with practical usage, and it is socially accepted.


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This project has received co-funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement N° 101136123.