NextGenRoadFuels is a Horizon 2020 project to develop a competitive European technology platform for sustainable liquid fuel production.

The project will prove the Hydrothermal Liquefaction pathway (HTL) as an efficient route to produce high-volume, cost-competitive, drop-in synthetic gasoline and diesel fuels, as well as other hydrocarbon compounds.

The project supports the SET-Plan Key Action 8 on renewable fuels and bioenergy, contributing to the renewable-energy-in-transport target and to the GHG emissions reduction objectives, in line with the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) and the European Energy Roadmap 2050.

Final Project Publication!

Four years of research and pilot trials carried out by the NextGenRoadFuels project has led to numerous findings in the field of hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL), not only as an efficient route to produce drop-in synthetic fuels, but also as a core technology for urban waste valorisation.

This final project publication summaries and presents the key findings from each aspect of the research:

  • Improving the HTL value chain from the start.
  • HTL as core technology for urban waste valorisation.
  • Turning challenging waste-derived biocrude into fuels.
  • The market situation for HTL.
  • Environmental assessment, sustainability and economics.
  • The future for HTL.

Download the full publication here.


Hydrothermal Liquefaction in the Green Energy Transition

NextGenRoadFuels is playing a major role in the development of the HTL technology and is also functioning as a gathering of information to explore the pathways for HTL to enter the market in the coming decade. On the the latest issue of  BESustainable Magazine there...

NextGenRoadFuels has been featured in the 29th edition of EUBCE

Between the 26th and the 29th of April 2021, the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, the NextGenRoadFuel had a stand in the exhibitor floor of the conference. Moreover, on the 29th of April, Thomas Pedersen, presented the project with an oral presentation in...

NextGenRoadFuels Newsletter – Issue 3

Read everything about the role of the Hydrothermal Liquefaction technology in the Green Energy Transition. Check the full newsletter with latest project’s result and updates here!


Circular economy approach

The project will develop a cost-effective valorisation pathway for multiple urban waste streams such as sewage sludge, organic waste and construction wood waste.

These streams will be converted into renewable fuels, fertilizers and proteins, thus fostering the urban transition towards a circular economy.


Cost-effective and scalable technology

At the basis of the NextGenRoadFuels process there are different combinations of thermo-catalytic, electro-catalytic and biochemical technologies.

This will permit to have a full scalable process, easy to integrate into existing supply infrastructures, and competitive final costs placing NextGenRoadFuels at the forefront in realising sustainable transport biofuels.


Flexible model

The consortium will use available state-of-the-art pilot facilities in 2 main scenarios:

  • a standalone model where a full production pathway from urban feedstock to drop-in fuels can be managed at a central facility;
  • a hub-and-spoke model, with several HTL plants close to the sources of feedstock and serving a single upgrading facility.






Business strategies


Integrated assessment

Knowledge sharing



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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 818413