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.


HTL Developers Perspective: Main Demos in EU and Worldwide

One of the main challenges for the Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) technology is to prove that it can perform better than an already established technologies such as Anaerobic Digestion (AD). This quest is a long process as HTL is a recent technology which is still in...

Business Opportunities and a Change Management Process

Photo by Cameron Venti on Unsplash In order to introduce the Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) technology on large scale there is a need to fully understand the value network and comprehend what is its road to commercialization. There are several stakeholders along the...

EU Research & Innovation for Renewable Energy Carriers

With the Green Deal in motion, the European Union is striving to be the first climate-neutral continent on the planet by 2050 respecting three wills: protect human life, animals, and plants by cutting pollution; support companies to become world leaders in clean...


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