The FP7 BIOREFLY project aims at developing and build the first industrial pre-commercial lignin-to-jet fuel industrial chain. Aviation is one of the fastest growing transport sectors and this trend will continue in the coming years so sustainable aviation fuels are considered as a primary mean to reduce the carbon footprint of the sector. Lignocellulosic-to-jet fuel production at large scale has not yet been proven as economically feasible, although large potential exists. Research goals of the BIOREFLY project are linked to the demonstration of jet-fuel pathway advanced technology. The project will focus on demonstrating the thermo-chemical conversion of lignin to jet fuel at industrial demo scale, including innovative, tailor made and cost-effective downstream processes. The combined production of a high annual volume of cellulosic ethanol and lignin-based jet fuel through sustainable and innovative technologies will be the first step towards future scale-up and commercial operation if adequate policy is in place.
BIOREFLY co-funded by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Programme (Project N. FP7-612747)