Peter Arendt Jensen, Principal Investigator, DTU Chemical Engineering. Image Credit: DTU
A new project led by the Technical University of Denmark The chemical engineering department of (DTU) seeks to develop a synthetic fuel from waste with a lower CO2 footprint than traditional fossil fuels.
The said CircFuel the project has a shipowner Norden and MAN Energy Solutions SE among its partners, Peter Arendt Jensen, Principal Investigator, DTU Chemical Engineering, said this week in an article published on the DTU website.
Partners seek to further develop existing waste treatment reactor technology patented by Danish engineering company FLSmidth & Co. A / S which uses pyrolysis – the process of breaking down materials at high temperatures – to convert waste from cement factories into synthetic fuel.
Concretely, the CircFuel project aims to develop the technology so that the waste used provides both energy for the production of cement and a liquid fuel with a low CO2 footprint.
The four years, 28.7 million Danish kroner ($ 4.56 million) received 18.6 million Danish kroner ($ 2.96 million) in funding Denmark Innovation Fund.
In addition to using it as a marine fuel, the partners will also seek to use the resulting pyrolysis petroleum products for direct use in the cement plant and as a feed stream for refineries.
The marine aspect of the project will see MAN Energy Solutions SE perform tests on a large two-stroke engine with fuels, while Norden will conduct a study of pyrolysis oil storage conditions on ships.