4REFINERY is a project by the European Union that aims to develop and demonstrate the technical, environmental, and socio-economic viability of biomass transformation into next-generation biofuels with low CO2 emissions.
In this project, which is within the framework of the EU's scientific innovation project, Horizon 2020, we are participating alongside seven European companies and technological centers including SINTEF, CNRS, BTG, VTT, Aalborg University, E4Tech, and MOL.
In order to carry out this project, two waste-recovery processes are being analyzed: pyrolysis and hydrothermal liquefaction, and the integration of its products into different conventional refining processes.
The project will include an analysis of the life cycle of the products obtained, technical and economic evaluations of the alternatives, and finally, testing in pilot plants that will allow us to evaluate the technical risks of the studied scenarios.
The main objectives of this project are:
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program through the grant agreement no. 727531.
Fuels from urban waste
We recover leftover energy from urban waste that has reached the end of its useful life in order to produce fuels.
We obtain new polyolefins from recycled materials, while guaranteeing top quality and functionality.
We bring renewable energy generation to the point of consumption by creating solar communities.
Drilling mud management
We transform drilling mud waste into new fuels by applying thermal desorption techniques.
We transform plastic waste into circular polyolefins that feature the same quality and functionality of virgin materials.
Lubricants formulated with regenerated bases
We use base oils derived from the regeneration of used oils to produce new lubricants.
Waste treatment in exploration and production operations
We apply bioremediation and compost techniques to make use of waste.
Reusing asset equipment
We extend the useful life of our asset equipment by reusing it in our own operations or those of other companies.
Reusing water from urban wastewater treatment plants
We reuse water from urban wastewater treatment plants to reduce the amount of fresh water consumed.