REF4FU – Renewable fuels from green refineries of the future

Development, validation and evaluation of sustainable refinery concepts to meet the future demand for renewable liquid fuels can be covered

Problem definition

To date, there are no known processes with which renewable fuels
fuels for road, air and marine transportation selectively via a single
can be produced via a single process route. They are produced in
different proportions together with other with other by-products.


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Project objective

The project aims to develop, validate and evaluate sustainable evaluation of sustainable refinery concepts with which the future demand for renewable liquid fuels can be met. From renewable methanol, Fischer-Tropsch hydrocarbons and pyrolysis oils are to be used to and those required in the foreseeable future are to be produced, fuels with scalable technologies will be produced, tested and evaluated. In addition, a classification is made against the background of the regulatory framework.


From the 5 renewable fuel components produced by the research partners fuel components are formulated using a systematic customized fuels are formulated using a systematic approach. They are tested and evaluated for their conformity with current and potential future standards and their technical applicability. The industrial partners are primarily responsible for the practical development, scale-up and possible process designs of the technology combinations as well as testing, evaluation and further development of the fuels.
The refinery concepts derived from this are analyzed with regard to technical, ecological and economic characteristics and their flexibility for future fuel requirements and possible synergy and optimization potentials are determined. Exemplary possible ways of successfully implementing selected refinery concepts.

Network coordinator
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Project volume
8,54 Mio. €
€ 7.42 million funded by BMDV
(funding share 86.9%)

Project duration
01.12.2022 – 30.11.2025

Supported partners
Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz GmbH
Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und
Raumfahrt (DLR) e.V.
EDL Anlagenbaugesellschaft mbH
Technische Universität Bergakademie

Prof. Dr. Nicolaus Dahmen
Tel.: +49 160 972 54563

Karlsruhe, Chemnitz, Freiberg, Leipzig,