ToSynFuel EU Project: Creating advanced bio-fuels from sewage sludge

TO-SYN-FUEL is a Horizon 2020 research and innovation project focussed on demonstrating pre-commerical scale production of advanced bio-fuels derived from sewage sludge for the transport sector. Using a unique form of pyrolysis, these bio-fuels have the equivalent chemical properties of fossil-derived petrol and diesel and can be used in conventional engines without modification or loss of performance. The project is in the process of building a demonstrator plant in Germany capable of processing 500 kg/hour of dried sewage.

WRG Europe is one of the primary outreach and communication partners, responsible for ensuring this exciting technology reaches its target audience and engages with the public, industry and key stakeholders to garner maximum impact and exploitation. On this page we will keep you up-to-date with the latest news and developments in the project, exciting engagements events, as well as the informational videos we are producing for the project in order that you can understand the technology and how it can be integrated in to society. So stay tuned!

Please also vist the project's dedicated website here.


Demonstration Site making great progress!

Back in October of 2018, the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the new demonstration site in Hohenberg was held (see our video below). Since then, the project team has been busy procuring the equipment and building the hardware necessary to construct the site. Despite the COVID-19 crisis the construction work has made great progress with site buildings, hydrogen storage, and CHP units installed. Commissioning will start later in the year and is due to complete by December 2020. The plant is then expected to be fully operational within the first half of 2021.

Demonstration site

Image courtesy of Fraunhofer UMSICHT


From July 6-9 the EUBCE bio-mass conference that was to be held in Marseille was held virtually as a result of Covid-19. Congratulations to EUBCE and ETA Florence for creating this unique event. Whilst it could not compare to a physical event, there were still excellent presentations and lively debate between attendees.

WRG Europe hosted a virtual booth for the ToSynFuel project that allowed visitors to view project videos and documents and interact via chat boxes. With over 80 visitors to the site, it definitely helped to get more people aware of the ToSynFuel project. EUBCE 2021 will be held in Marseille in April. We'll see you there!


We use Blender and Adobe After Effects to produce slicka nd engaging motion graphics videos for our projects. We also have access to a professional film maker in order to make high-quality documentaries or promotional material. Below are a selection of our videos we have made for the ToSynFuel project.

ground-breaking ceremony

As part of the demonstration phase of the ToSynFuel project, a ground-breaking ceremony was held at the site in Hoheberg, Germany, where the demonstration-scale ThermoCatalytic Reforming waste conversion technology is to be built.

German rally legend, Walter Rohl, was there to support the ceremony and to take the technology's inventor, Professor Andreas Hornung of Fraunhofer UMSICHT, for a spin in an Audi R8 fueled with ToSynFuel! We sent a film making team there.

ToSynFuel Overview

This video introduces the importance of advanced biofuels as a critical contributor to reducing green-house emissions as part of an overall suite of technology solutions required in the transport sector.

It briefly introduces ThermoCatalytic Reforming (TCR) technology that is central to the ToSynFuel project, and also the overall aims, objectives, and partners of the project.

What is TCR?

ThermoCatalytic Reforming (or TCR) is a unique waste conversion technology based on pyrolysis. However, it is not like other forms of pyrolysis.

This video goes in to detail about how TCR works, why it is unique, and how it is capable of converting a huge array of low-value waste products (include sewage sludge and waste plastics) in to valuable energy carriers such as advanced bio-fuels, low-toxicity char, and clean hydrogen.

TCR/PSA/HDO Integration

In order to create advanced bio-fuels for transport, the bio-crude-oil derived from sewage sludge and the unique TCR process must be integrated with Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) and Hydro-De-Oxygenation (HDO).

This video explains this integration process and how ToSynFuel bio-fuel can become a revolutionary contributor to solutions for decarbonisation of the transport sector.


The current generation of children are likely to be the most affected by changing climates. Children and schools are a critical demographic to be made aware of new developments in green technology that can help support cleaner transport and help reduce our impacts on greenhouse gas emissions.

We made this fun animated video to help explain the ToSynFuel project to a younger audience and how it can convert our poo into clean bio-fuels for transport!