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Innovation Fund Denmark invests USD 2.96 million in oil pyrolysis; targets marine fuels sector

08 Sep 2021

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) on Monday (6 September) said Innovation Fund Denmark has invested DKK 18.6 million (USD 2.96 million) into a project which plans to use oil manufactured from pyrolysis technology as a marine fuel and as a feed stream to refineries.

The technology is a further development of FLSmidth’s patented waste treatment reactor, which already today can ensure the use of a high fraction of waste as fuel in cement plants, and which can thereby reduce dependence on fossil fuels. 

In the new CircFuel project, the technology will be further developed so that the waste used provides both energy for cement production and liquid fuel with a low COfootprint.

“The CircFuel project aims to use the cement process to convert organic waste into valuable hydrocarbons to be used as a replacement fuel in the transport sector,” says Thomas Petithuguenin, Head of Research and Innovation, Cement, FLSmidth A/S and chair of the project steering committee.

“Thanks to this, waste disposal and incineration can be avoided, the extraction of fossil fuels for transport can be reduced, and cement factories can become an opportunity for the green transition.

“We are excited to be part of such a large consortium, and hope to share results very soon.”

The project is initiated by FLSmidth and DTU. The project is headed by DTU Chemical Engineering and also consists of DTU Management, FLSmidth, Dampskibsselskabet Norden, MAN Energy Solutions SE, Topsøe, Geminor, and Finnsementti Oy.

“We see great opportunities for utilizing DTU’s knowledge on pyrolysis and catalysis, which has been built up through many years of research. Through this industrial collaboration the knowledge can be utilized globally,” says Peter Arendt Jensen, Senior Researcher at DTU Chemical Engineering and project manager of the CircFuel project.

Various uses of the pyrolysis oil products will also be investigated. This includes direct use at the cement plant, use as marine fuel and as a feed stream to refineries, whereby fuels can be provided to sectors such as heavy traffic and aviation fuels.

In the final phase of the project, the aim is to market the technology globally to cement factories. This provides a technology that can reduce CO2 emissions and improve the operating economy of cement plants, reduce landfills, especially in developing countries, and reduce the use of fossil fuels in the marine sector.


Photo credit: Andy Li from Unsplash
Published: 8 September, 2021

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