Advanced Biofuels

The Advanced Biofuels research programme has its main focus on thermochemical conversion of biomass and organic waste into drop-in biofuels, where this adds to sustainability, circular utilization of organic as well as inorganic resources and resource efficiency. Our activities cover the entire value chain from feedstock sourcing and logistics through conversion stages and end use, and always include a sustainability perspective: we do not wish to create new problems just to solve those we have today.  We look for (additive) synergies in feedstocks by effectively co-processing our most challenging and contaminated organic waste streams, as well as in process design and integration with other energy vectors (sectoral integration). Our approach is problem-oriented and we seek to maintain high relevance in our work whilst at the same time acknowledging the need to work with fundamental aspects.

As a part of our work, we engage in international networks and high level collaborative research projects. Currently, we are members of the EERA JP Bioenergy and EUBIA networks, partners in the Horizon 2020 RIA projects 4refinery and HyFlexFuel and the MCSA ITN ENSYSTRA and lead partner in the Horizon 2020 RIA project NextGenRoadFuels.

EUBIA    EERA4refinery         EnsystraHyflexfuels    Nextgenroadfuels

Sustainable Biorefining-for-Energy Plaform

A main aspect of the research activities is to use cutting edge results in the training of highly qualified Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Ph.D. candidates within the field of Thermal Energy and Process Engineering (TEPE) and Bioenergy Systems, offered by the Energy Study Programme at Aalborg University. If you have an interest in working with advanced biofuels for energy as a part of your studies, you are welcome to investigate the possibilities. We also welcome guest students from all over the world.

If you are interesting in becoming a guest student, please see here: Exchange & Erasmus.

Read more about advanced biofuels

Ongoing Projects


See more ongoing projects

Contact Information

Programme Leader

Associate Professor Thomas Helmer Pedersen
Direct phone: +45 2829 1679

Vice Programme Leader

Postdoc Daniele Castello
Direct phone: +45 5033 8016

See all programme members

Laboratory Facilities

The advanced biofuels lab facilities include a range of modern and versatile equipment for

  • analysis and characterization of biomasses and organic materials for processing
  • analysis and characterization of bio-crude, transport grade bio-fuels and solid bio-fuels
  • pretreatment of biomass for conversion
  • production of bio-crude, liquid bio-fuels and biogas through thermochemical and biochemical conversion
  • end use, such as combustion for CHP or fuels for transport (Diesel, jet)

Bio Fuel Laboratory