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June 27, 2023

Sustainable aviation fuel from CO2 and renewable electricity - Topsoe receives funding from EUDP for FrontFuel-project

  • Topsoe announces it will lead the FrontFuel project, pioneering highly efficient Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) production from CO2, water, and renewable electricity
  • Topsoe will receive a 26.9 million DKK grant from the EUDP to fund the project.

Topsoe, a global leader in carbon emission reduction technologies, has received funding from the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP). The FrontFuel project is a first of a kind and will use carbon dioxide and renewable energy to produce a synthetic crude, to demonstrate the value chain of SAF, using Topsoe technology.

The FrontFuel project will operate in close collaboration with Sasol, a global chemicals and energy company which specializes in Fischer Tropsch technology essential for SAF production, and Aarhus University, Denmark, where the production plant facility will be located.

Kim Grøn Knudsen, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at Topsoe, said:
"The FrontFuel project is an exciting step forward to commercialize new technologies for the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and will make a meaningful contribution to helping decarbonization of the aviation sector. By working with our expert partners and with the support of EUDP, we are confident we can accelerate the journey towards commercial production of SAF.”

Decarbonizing the aviation sector poses some challenges, particularly due to high feedstock costs, scalability and the introduction of new efficient technologies. To achieve a net-zero future in aviation, it is essential that alternative liquid drop-in fuel sources are available at scale. The FrontFuel project will provide testing of an integrated process applicable for efficient SAF production, enabling faster market penetration and accelerating the green transition. Using front-end SOEC technology with eREACT™, which is the syngas manufacturing, to feed the Sasol Fischer Tropsch technology for syncrude production, FrontFuel will deliver the best-in-class method to SAF production from CO2, water, and renewable electricity.

About Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP)
EUDP (Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program) supports private companies and universities to develop and demonstrate new energy technologies. Support is given in accordance with EU state aid rules.

EUDP support energy technologies widely such as renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency technologies, conversion technologies such as fuel cells and hydrogen, integration of energy systems including storage, more efficient methods for recovery of oil and gas and storage of CO2.

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About Topsoe
Founded in 1940, Topsoe is a leading global developer and supplier of decarbonization technology, catalysts, and services for the energy transition. 

Our mission is to combat climate change by helping our partners and customers achieve their decarbonization and emission-reduction targets, including those in hard-to-abate sectors such as aviation, shipping, and the production of raw materials. From carbon reduction chemicals to renewable fuels and plastic upcycling, we are uniquely positioned to aid humanity in realizing a sustainable future. 

Topsoe is headquartered in Denmark, with over 2,400 employees serving customers all around the globe. To learn more, visit 

For more information, please contact: 
Ulrik Frøhlke, Media Relations Manager, Topsoe 
Phone: +45 27 77 99 68 

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