The challenge

There are several promising technologies that can be used to produce sustainable fuel for heavy transport such as ships and aircraft. Among them is the HTL technology, which utilizes sludge and biowaste for the production of crude oil, which can be refined into sustainable fuel for ships and aircraft. In order to make HTL technology competitive so that sustainable fuel can displace fossil fuels, all links in the value chain must be optimized.


The aim of the project is to map all links in the value chain of the HTL technology and on the basis of this produce a business plan and strategy for the roll-out of the technology. This is done by collecting technical data on input material such as sludge, organic household waste and residual material from agriculture and by mapping opportunities for cost reductions in the individual links in the value chain. Furthermore, the project will test different refining processes of HTL bio-oil so that it can be used as fuel for both ships and aircraft. In addition, the project will investigate the possibilities for streamlining the HTL technology for the production of bio-oil on a larger scale.


The LowCarbonFuel project promotes cooperation between European countries on the further development of HTL technology and puts Danish competencies in a good position to accelerate the development of HTL technology. The final mapping of the project can serve as a valuable roadmap for the future use of HTL technology and biofuels that can bring aircraft and the maritime sectors closer to the necessary reductions.

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Start: Februar 2021

Slut: December 2024

Funding: DKK 44 mio. kr.

Contact person

Hans Jørgen Brodersen

Hans Jørgen Brodersen
Senior Project Manager
Tlf: +45 2688 0228