F4C

F4C

Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C)


The F4C was launched on the 27 April 2017 by the Department for Transport (DfT) to promote the development of an advanced low carbon fuels industry within the UK, including supplier capabilities and skills in relevant technologies, while maximising value for money for the taxpayer.

The F4C will provide up to £20 million in capital grant funding over 3 years (2019-21). Through the scheme, DfT aim to increase domestic production of advanced low carbon fuels capable of tackling emissions from the hard-to-decarbonise aviation and HGV sectors in pursuit of long-term UK decarbonisation targets. The F4C will also provide up to £2 million of Project Development Funding in 2018 to support the development of proposals.

The F4C will therefore operate in two stages; Stage One (Project Development) and Stage Two (Capital Funding). There will be no further calls for applications under the F4C programme.

The following diagram outlines the steps within the F4C, from initial interest to final projects.
 

Stages of the F4C

You must pass Stage One to be eligible for Stage Two.

Objectives

The key objectives of the competition are:

  • To increase domestic production of advanced low carbon fuels capable of tackling emissions from the hard-to-decarbonise aviation and HGV sectors in pursuit of long-term UK decarbonisation targets.
  • To stimulate investment and create jobs through the development of a prosperous domestic industry.

Our objectives for projects within the competition are:

  • Technology demonstration: deliver meaningful technical, route to market, and/or supply chain innovation.
  • Fuel production: produce a sufficient quantity of fuel for testing or sale at a scale appropriate for the fuel type.
  • Commercial potential: have a clear strategy for commercialising the technology and the products, demonstrating the potential for significant value to the UK.
  • Emissions reduction: demonstration of significant greenhouse gas reduction vs fossil fuel, and the highest standards of sustainability.
  • Project execution: bring together a team with the necessary expertise and experience to deliver the project according to its objectives.

Applications

The Stage Two application deadline was Monday 10 December 2018, 1200 hours. Following a detailed evaluation process four projects have been shortlisted to proceed to Stage Two. All shortlisted applicants will now undergo further due diligence prior to final grant award in Summer 2019. 

Project Title Lead Organisation
Straw to Liquid Biomethane (LBM) Demonstration Plant        Rika Biogas Technologies Ltd
Altalto ( Velocys Waste to Jet Fuel Project) Altalto Immingham Ltd
Sustainable Aviation Fuel From Waste-Based Ethanol LanzaJet UK Limited
Integrated ATC & F-T Demonstration Plant Kew Projects Limited


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Any questions?

Please email F4C@ricardo.com if you have any questions.