The core aim of the project is to study, develop and implement at pilot level advanced 2nd generation biofuels production schemes driven by local/regional public private partnerships between a Municipality, a research organization and a university, with a major mobilization of local enterprises which will provide the raw material for the fuel production.
The project will shape an integrated approach towards the implementation of a production scheme for 2nd generation biofuels, with increased sustainability (use of renewable energy sources), covering the whole production chain, from the logistics of recovery to the production of the end product. This approach will be tailored to the characteristics of the region of Thessaloniki, but easily transferable to other major urban centers in Greece, and Europe in general. The pilots will prepare the ground for large-scale implementation, which will be operated by Public-Private Partnerships. Overall the project is expected to catalyze collaboration between public and private entities in the field of waste (used oils) management and use for the production of 2nd generation biofuels.
The project can drastically improve the potential of producing 2nd generation biofuels by:
- Adopting, integrating and implementing new policy instruments, that is the partnership between a critical mass of stakeholders.
- Shaping innovative strategies and schemes for production which will be practically demonstrated in an urban environment.
- Taking advantage of new opportunities and increased maturity at the institutional and entrepreneurial environment.
All the above will be integrated customized and implemented as pilots in the region of Thessaloniki in North Greece. Conditions in the region are now mature, both at policy as well as a technological level, to introduce an innovative scheme for biofuels production, in which the raw material will be provided by used food oils.