DS Partners Law Firm participates in Fuelphoria Project aiming to establish sustainable value chains for renewable fuels

DS Partners Law Firm participates in Fuelphoria Project aiming to establish sustainable value chains for renewable fuels

in Oct 23, 2023
DS Partners Law Firm a proud partner of the multi-disciplinary consortium leading the Fuelphoria EU H2020 Project

On 11th October 2023, partners of our firm Daniel Sakellariou and Mikaela Kantor attended the Fuelphoria Project Kick-Off Meeting, together with 22 other partners from the EU, Kenya and the UK.

The Consortium Partners met in Athens to kick off the FUELPHORIA project workings, which aims to establish sustainable, competitive and secure value chains for advanced biofuels and renewable non-biological fuels. The Project has received funding by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) under Cluster 5 of Horizon2020 of circa EUR10 million and will have a duration of 48 months.

As a partner of the Fuelphoria Consortium, DS Partners Law Firm will undertake, among others, the intellectual property management of the project and will ensure the safeguarding of the IPR to be developed, including establishing rules for accessing and using IPR for the implementation of the project objectives, as well as provide legal assistance and advice with any disputes or other issues that may arise with regards to IPR management.

The project contributes to the objectives of the European Commission’s 2022 REPower EU Plan “to scale-up renewables, achieve electrification, and replace fossil-based heat and fuel in industry, buildings, and the transport sector”. Project partners will demonstrate that sustainable value chains for advanced biofuels and non-biological renewable fuels can be established in real environment, offering an alternative to fossil fuels.

A range of chemical, electrochemical, biological, thermochemical, and photobiological processes will be used to convert different feedstocks into an array of renewable fuels. The fuels will be developed to meet quality specifications defined by end-users in the transport sector (aviation, maritime and road) and in the power production sector (gas or oil-fired thermal plants).  Four demonstrators in Spain, Belgium, and Greece will serve as the testing grounds for the nine value chains. They will solve the technical issues related to the conversion of feedstock into renewable fuels and will prepare their market entry, by designing innovative business models.

The participation of the Technical University of Mombasa (Kenya) will play an important role in exploring the possibilities of EU export of renewables and biofuels to Africa, whilst the University College of London will explore the potential exploitation of the FUELPHORIA value chains in Egypt. At the end of the project, a set of policy recommendations for EU policymakers will be developed with the objective of showcasing how the results of the project can contribute to a sustainable transition of the EU energy systems.

As part of our Alternative Legal Products service offering, our firm assists innovators, ranging from SMEs to multinationals, international consortia and academic institutions, to consider and address legal matters and industry sector regulatory requirements in the delivery of their innovative products.

For more information on the project or to discuss potential collaborations please contact us at info@dspartners.law.