Waste management company LIPOR could see one of the first synthetic eFuel production units in Europe implemented at its Energy Recovery Plant located near Porto, Portugal.

Intended to both revolutionise the Waste-to-Energy (WtE) industry and help decarbonise the aviation sector, the power-to-liquid facility at the Maia Energy Recovery Plant will produce green synthetic eFuel for the aviation industry from carbon dioxide (CO2 captured from the plant’s waste gas stream combined with green hydrogen. 

The project, headed by a consortium of companies including LIPOR (Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto), P2X Europe and Veolia, aims to recycle up to 100,000 tonnes of captured biogenic CO2 during its first phase. 

In addition to being converted into eFuels, the CO2 will be upgraded into synthetic green end products, such as drop-in eKerosene, eDiesel and specialty chemical products. 

Commenting on the project, José Manuel Ribeiro, President, LIPOR, said, “This project sets a good example on how waste management systems can make a relevant contribution to the decarbonisation of the economy and to carbon neutrality.” 

An example of carbon capture and utilisation (CCU), following capture the biogenic CO2 will be extracted and purified. 

CCU is capable of being integrated into the existing energy recovery plant, resulting in near-zero – or even negative – CO2 emission power generation. 

“Carbon capture technologies are part of the journey for decarbonising our industrial processes,” said José de Melo Bandeira, CEO, Veolia Portugal. 

“This project is an excellent example of collaboration between various industrial players for the ecological transformation towards innovative and challenging solutions that will create a benchmark and hopefully inspire others to follow.” 

Deemed a ‘ground-breaking alternative’ to accelerate the world’s transition to a credible circular economy, WtE is set to play a key role in Portugal’s carbon neutral goals.