COCPIT Press Release

¹ Fit for 55: increasing the uptake of greener fuels in the aviation and maritime sectors – Consilium (
² FuelEU maritime initiative: Council adopts new law to decarbonise the maritime sector – Consilium (
³ RefuelEU aviation initiative: Council adopts new law to decarbonise the aviation sector – Consilium (

Innovations within the production chain COCPIT will enable innovations at multiple phases of the production chain: in the cultivation stage the algae strain will be combined in a thin film reactor – to intensify photosynthesis – and covered with a semi-transparent photovoltaic (STPV) shell – to produce electrical power.

At the transformation stage of algal biomass into sustainable fuels, ionic liquids will be used to extract lipids and to catalyse the HEFA pathway at the same time, making the process more affordable, efficient and eco-friendly. In the HTL pathway the main obstacles to HTL upscaling (clogging and biocrude separation) will be overcome and a more accurate design tools for reactor and heat exchangers will be implemented. In order to ensure flexibility towards the desired fuel
output distribution between shipping and SAF, different upgrading approaches of HTL biocrude will also be established. Furthermore, COCPIT will adopt different techniques to reduce the nitrogen content on the final SAF allowing its certification under American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) norms.

The circularity of the value chain will be enhanced by recirculating all coproducts and power streams: dark fermentation will valorise different byproducts to generate hydrogen for fuel refining purposes, aromatics as fuel boosters and to recirculate nitrogen and phosphorus to the PBR. Moreover, using STPV panels feeds the system with power from the infrared spectrum of solar radiation, all along with reducing PBRs cooling utility. Circularity within installation environment will also be ensured by studying different scenarios involving biogenic effluents, waste-to-energy facilities and CO₂ existing in the vicinity of the production site in order to create industrial symbiosis.

Comprehensive sustainable aviation and maritime fuels marketplace
The COCPIT AI based decision tool will be fast and flexible, allowing the examination of several prospective scenarios, the comparison of established and novel technologies and the identification of the most sustainable conversion pathways. Moreover, COCPIT will work
towards the centralisation of sustainable transport fuels innovations, delivering a comprehensive marketplace where the COCPIT decision tool and a range of technological solutions will be at investors’ service, helping them to choose the best solution for their algalbased fuels project

COCPIT – Scalable solutions Optimisation and decision tool Creation for low impact SAF Production chain from lipid-rich microalgae strain is a 4-years Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Action project started the 1st October 2023.
Partners Coordinated by IMT Atlantique , COCPIT has a consortium of 11 partners from 6 different EU countries. The project is carried on by an international consortium composed by 5 academic partners and 6 non-academic partners, whose activities cover the whole production process, from microalgae treatment to sustainable fuels pre-screening and the scenario development, as well as the decision tool and marketplace development.

▪ Sary Awad (Project Coordinator, Associate Professor – IMT Atlantique)
▪ Julien Prud’homme (EU Project Manager – IMT Atlantique):
▪ Claudia Batini (Communication and Dissemination Manager – ETA)