Next generation advanced biofuels: a fossil-free complement to electric vehicles

A fossil-free complement to electric vehicles

Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels is critical for reaching the UN’s climate goals. Electric vehicles are part of the solution but won’t be able to solve everything. Nor will they reach their potential fast enough.

Even with an annual average growth rate of 30 percent, electric vehicles are only expected to make up seven percent of the world’s road vehicle fleet by 2030. It will also take decades of sustained investment to expand current electricity generation and charging infrastructure to accommodate a growing electric vehicle fleet. 

But next generation advanced biofuels derived from forest industry waste products present another promising fossil-free and quicker alternative to electricity.

RenFuel’s patented process converts environmentally friendly and energy efficient plant fibres (lignin) into renewable Lignol®. Lignol® can then be refined into a fossil-free “drop-in fuel” that functions in gasoline, diesel, and jet engines.

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Accelerating the reduction of CO2 emissions

Fuel from Lignol contains as much energy as traditional fossil fuels but offers significantly higher performance and better winter characteristics than other previous generations of biofuels. And unlike previous generations of biofuels, next generation advanced biofuels don’t contribute to deforestation or compete with land that would otherwise be used for agriculture.

In Sweden alone, there is sufficient forestry industry by-product available today to produce 3 million m3 of fossil-free bio-oil every year. This is enough bio-oil to make biofuels that could cover more than 50 percent of the biofuels that Sweden will need by 2030 to fulfil the country’s aggressive 2030 blending mandate.

Replacing fossil fuels with fuel made from RenFuel’s Lignol can accelerate progress toward lower CO2 emissions goals.

Powering a combustion engine with fuel from pure Lignol has the potential to reduce a vehicle’s CO2 emissions by more than 90 percent, without the need to cut down one additional tree.

However, actual emissions reductions achieved by Lignol fuel blends vary from country to country depending on specific mixing requirements.

Reaching the goal of a fossil-free vehicle fleet, faster

Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels is critical for reaching the UN’s climate goals. Electric vehicles are part of the solution but won’t be able to solve everything. Nor will they reach their potential fast enough.

Even with an annual average growth rate of 30 percent, electric vehicles are only expected to make up seven percent of the world’s road vehicle fleet by 2030. It will also take decades of sustained investment to expand current electricity generation and charging infrastructure to accommodate a growing electric vehicle fleet. 

But next generation advanced biofuels derived from forest industry waste products present another promising fossil-free and quicker alternative to electricity.

RenFuel’s patented process converts environmentally friendly and energy efficient plant fibres (lignin) into renewable Lignol®. Lignol® can then be refined into a fossil-free “drop-in fuel” that functions in gasoline, diesel, and jet engines.