The UK's Department for Transport have recently announced the winners of stage one of the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C). The competition was designed to increase domestic production of advanced low carbon fuels for the aviation and HGV sectors as well as stimulate investment and create UK jobs. One of the objectives of the scheme is to demonstrate significant greenhouse gas reduction in comparison to fossil fuel, giving the highest standards of sustainability. Urban freight and logistics will be impacted by a recent increase in urban vehicle access restrictions in cities across Europe; the F4C competition may help to promote the development of alternative fuel technologies and increase investment in fuels with less tailpipe emissions.
With this in mind, competition grant recipients will be expected to develop projects that demonstrate meaningful technologies, produce sufficient quantities of fuel for testing, demonstrate commercial potential and reduce emissions. The competition is to take place in two stages. The first stage provides funding towards project development.
Stage one funding of £2 million (€2.2 million) has been awarded to;
- Rika Biogas Technologies will use funding to develop a project to produce Liquid Biomethane;
- Johnson Matthey will investigate producing kerosene, diesel and petrol substitutes for flight and freight;
- Standard Gas will develop a project to produce suitable Synthetic Natural Gas;
- LanzaTech plan to develop a project around kerosene and diesel substitutes;
- Progressive Energy have been awarded funds to demonstrate the potential for Synthetic Natural Gas;
- Kew Projects will develop a project to investigate diesel substitutes;
- Velocys Technologies will also develop a project to demonstrate the potential for kerosene, alongside petrol substitutes.
Once all projects have been developed, stage one recipients will be invited to apply for a share of a further £20 million (€22 million) capital funding to construct project facilities. Further information can be found on the F4C web page or by sending an email to F4C@ricardo.com.
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