Biofuels through electrochemical transformation of intermediate bio-liquids

Turning low value crude bio liquids into energy dense biofuels for sustainable road transport

Low-carbon economy for sustainable energy production

The proven concepts contribute to accelerating and reducing the cost of the next generation of sustainable renewable energy generation. EBIO’s innovative ambitions are testament to the European Union’s targets on carbon neutrality and are essential for renewables in order to be established as the dominant primary energy source in the continent and contribute towards establishing a solid European innovation base and building a sustainable renewable energy system.

Industrial Symbiosis

The EBIO project is adopting second generation feedstocks, in particular black liquor and fast pyrolysis oil, in order to produce highly compatible advanced biofuels. The involvement of stakeholders along the entire value chain enables the creation of novel synergies in a context of industrial symbiosis. Here, the waste of the paper industry becomes the source for the oil refining industry contributing to the creation of a circular economy.

The wide implementation of EBIO technology will lead to this achievements:


of carbon dioxide per year not emitted in the atmosphere


production of biofuels per year (considering only pyrolysis oil and black liquor as feedstock)


Carbon yield from crude bio liquid to transport fuel

The expected achievements of the projects encompass:

Near-seamless integration of electrochemistry into biorefinery processes

A full process design and integration with existing utilities

A detailed techno-economic evaluation to provide a realistic estimation of the manufacturing costs

The vision of EBIO covers:

The entire value chain

from feedstock suppliers to end-users in the refinery and chemical sectors. The selection of the feeds, pyrolysis liquids and Kraft mill black liquor, is based on their availability as of date.

Upgrading liquified biomass

environmentally friendly transport fuels consist of successive depolymerisation, hydrogenation and decarboxylation, optimised by developing electrode materials, cell designs, separation processes and efficient integration into existing biorefinery infrastructure.

Small pilot scale (TRL4)

EBIO will validate the new technology at and forms the basis for further scale up activities beyond the current proposal. No external source of hydrogen will be needed at the first stage hydro-processing of pyrolysis oil.

The experimental development

supported by a broad sustainability analysis including economic feasibility, environmental footprint and impact on society and rural development.