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bp Energía España. Research on the valorisation of residual biomass to produce sustainable aviation fuels

  • 2022-2025


  • Pushing forward research to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from residual biomasses is the main objective of the collaboration agreement signed at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) between:
    • bp Energía España
    • Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ)
    • Centro Nacional de Energías Renovables (CENER)
  • The project will use hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) with the main aim of producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). This process, at moderate temperatures and medium pressures, is capable of converting organic compounds or wet biomass into a mixture of compounds that form the so called biocrude.


  • Specifically, the research teams will assess the feasibility of hydrothermal liquefaction of sewage sludge, rice straw and forest residues (beech) aimed at producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
  • The scaling up of the hydrothermal liquefaction process will be carried out in the pilot plant of CENER Biorefinery and Bioenergy Center (BIO2C).


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