Biofuels are the backbone of the global endeavor of decarbonizing the transportation sector, which is responsible for approximately one quarter of total global energy-related CO2 emissions. Beside transportation, also the possibility to use biomass-derived fuel to displace part of the fossil-fuel consumption in the stationary generation sector, the so called bioliquids, has been gaining some traction, and though the potential for GHG savings are not as ample as for the transportation sector, also the distributed (co)generation from bioliquids made its case to the policymakers as a sound alternative to be promoted.
Since 2010 RE-CORD has been building-up a track-record of proficient participation in EU-supported research projects, as well as privately funded scientific initiatives, on the production, qualification and use of bioliquids, biofuels and biocrudes. Our technical capabilities span from process development up to the laboratory qualification of a biofuels, and includes spray performance assessment, firing test in prime movers and experimental production campaigns.
At RE-CORD facilities are available to test biofuels and bioliquids under realistic operation with our micro gas turbines and engine test benches and evaluate performance and emissions of the latest CHP technologies. We can provide R&D and engineering services to design retrofit technology packages to convert commercial technologies into modern and efficient bio-CHP units.
The diverse background of RE-CORD’s researchers, encompassing several engineering disciplines besides chemists, physicist, biotechnologies, agronomists and economists, allowed to take on a range of challenging studies and consultancies for the EU Commission, which addressed the market uptake of advanced biofuels in the framework of EU directives and mandates (“ART-Fuels forum – policy and market issues”), the template for the evaluation of biorefineries (“Feasibility studies for first of a kind commercial sustainable biofuel projects: A guidance document)” or the report on the state of the art of biofuels and bioproducts from sugars (“From the Sugar Platform to biofuels and biochemicals”).