Circular and innovative production of microalgae-based fuels for shipping and aviation COCPIT is a new EU funded project supporting sustainable transport fuels uptake through a new end-user’ decision tool.
Transportation plays a crucial role for European Union to reach the Green Deal’s targets, accounting for the 25% of total EU greenhouse emissions. In particular, maritime and aviation transports represent “hard-to-electrify” sectors, due to the high energy densities required: they currently rely almost on fossil fuels and constitute about one-third of overall EU transport emissions.
In order to reduce these sectors environmental footprint, the European Council adopted the FuelEU maritime and the RefuelEU aviation initiative, setting targets of GHG intensity reduction for shipping fuels of 2% in 2025 and up to 80% by 20502, as well as a minimum share of SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuels) equal to 2% in 2025 and up to 70% in 2050.
The COCPIT project fits into this virtuous trajectory supporting to the large-scale production of microalgae-based transport fuels delivering an innovative, circular and complete production chain through two pathways: HEFA (Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids) and HTL (Hydrothermal liquefaction) followed by hydrotreating. COCPIT will also develop a decision tool -based on economic, social and environmental indicators – analysing different scenarios that will guide investors to the best solution for their specificities.
COCPIT – Scalable solutions Optimisation and decision tool Creation for low impact SAF Production chain from lipid-rich microalgae strain is a 4-years Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Action project started the 1st October 2023.
Partners Coordinated by IMT Atlantique , COCPIT has a consortium of 11 partners from 6 different EU countries. The project is carried on by an international consortium composed by 5 academic partners and 6 non-academic partners, whose activities cover the whole production process, from microalgae treatment to sustainable fuels pre-screening and the scenario development, as well as the decision tool and marketplace development.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 101122101. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them