Steeper Energy Has Attracted an Array of Significant Renewable Energy Grants

Government bodies globally have focussed policies towards helping decarbonize the planet.  This momentum manifests itself in the creation of grants to help achieve specific goals.

Here is a list of some of the most significant, recent grants Steeper has won. Click on each to see details

5.2 million


(1.05 million CAD)

BioGasOil – Danish Energy Technology Development & Demonstration Program (EUDP)


Grant: 5.2 million DKK (1.05million CAD)

Total Project: 19.5 million DKK (3.95million CAD)

Subject to the success of the de-risking of certain operational and market value parameters, the results from this Project will directly contribute to a decision to be taken by Nature Energy to license and build a full-scale commercial Hydrofaction® plant for production of 50 – 100 t/day biocrude based on aggregating digestate fibers from 3-5 nearby biogas plants. The biocrude will be upgraded to renewable advanced marine, diesel, and jet fuels.  The Project will also investigate the isolation and valorization of minerals (phosphorus) and other nutrients (nitrogen) from the co-product streams.


  • Nature Energy
  • Aalborg University
  • SEGES (DK Ag Organization)

5 million


(25 million DKK)

Emissions Reductions Alberta (ERA)


Grant: 5 million (CAD)

Total Project: 10 million (CAD)

Leverage Steeper Hydrofaction® technology to identify and define a commercial renewable fuel production project within Alberta


  • Alberta Government – Environment
  • Hatch Engineering

31 million


($6.2 million CAD)

Low Carb Fuel – Danish InnovationFund/Grand Solutions

2020 – 2025

Grant: 31 million (DKK)

Total Project: 45 million (DKK)

Optimization of upgrading and fractionation to spec aviation and marine fuels. Pave the way for one or more commercial projects in Denmark based on domestic resources.


  • Aalborg University
  • Shell DK
  • DCC & Shell Aviation
  • DLR German Aerospace Center
  • Energy Cluster Denmark
  • GreenFuelHub
  • COWI
  • A.P. Møller – Mærsk
  • Alfa Laval
  • Center
  • IFP Energies nouvelles
  • SkyNRG
  • Aalborg Airport
  • Aarhus Airport
  • Billund Airport
  • Port of Aalborg
  • Port of Aarhus

4.2 million


($3 million CAD)

Next Generation Road Fuels​

2018 – 2022

Grant: 4.2 million (EUR)

Total Project: 5.1 million (EUR)

The overall objective is to apply advanced HTL technology and subsequent upgrading to urban waste streams achieve cost competitive sustainable drop in quality synthetic gasoline and diesel fuels.


  • Aalborg University
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Technical University of Munich
  • GoodFuels
  • ENI
  • Haldor Topsøe
  • ETA Florence

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10 million


($2 million CAD)

Urban Waste Hydrofaction® - EUDP

2019 – 2021

Grant: 10 million (DKK)

Total Project: 17.1 million (DKK)

De-risk central process steps related to conversion of high ash Urban Waste Streams to green transportation fuel.



  • Aalborg University
  • Aalborg Forsyning (Supply) Waste Management
  • Aalborg Forsyning (Supply) Water
  • RenoNord

5 million


($1 million CAD)

Danish InnovationFund (IFD) – SINOS Watervalue

2019 – 2022

Grant: 5 million (DKK)

Total Project: 6.7 million (DKK)

Remove sludge disposal bottlenecks in Waste Water Treatment Plant both considering economical and capacity drivers by enabling circular utilization of sewage sludge by HTL at higher value points than existing landfilling, incineration or agricultural use. The project is expected to advance the use of HTL on sewage sludge to a level enabling next step investments.



  • Aalborg University
  • Aalborg Forsyning (Supply) Water

124 million


($18 million CAD)

Norwegian Centre for Sustainable Bio-based Fuels and Energy (Bio4Fuels)

2014 – 2024

Grant: 124 million (NOK)

The ambition of the Bio4Fuels Centre is to reduce the impact of climate gas emissions from the transport sector through sustainable and economic production of Biofuels. Biomass, in particular low-grade fractions of wood from the forest and waste from agriculture, is a renewable resource that can potentially substitute the use of fossil resources in the transport sector, together with other renewable energy solutions.

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1.8 million


($1.3 million CAD)

EU – Horizon2020 - Resource and Cost Effective Conversion of Biomass to Hydrofaction® Oil


Grant: 1.8 million (EUR)

Total Project: 2.6 million (EUR)

The Project will advance the design of the Hydrofaction® technology platform and mature the Company’s preparedness to attract new investment while moving the TRL level from 6 to 8: a critical step toward the commercialization of Hydrofaction®. The Project objectives include adjusting the product offering to meet the needs of technology users (licensees) and their customers (oil buyers) by lowering the risks associated with the performance of future commercial plants as well as improving or modifying the quality of Hydrofaction® Oil.

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21.8 million


($4.4 million CAD)

C3BO – Center for BioOil - Danish Counsel of Strategic Research (DSF)

2014 – 2018

Grant: 21.8 million (DKK)

This proposal aims at bringing Danish research and development in this field to the very front through setting new standards for hydrothermal liquefaction in the context of continuous processes. Furthermore, to do so in cooperation with international and industrial partners thus ensuring coherence and strategically focused research. Specifically, the proposal aims at improving fundamental understanding of feedstock composition, conversion and upgrading, set up sustainability criteria and evaluations, improve characterization and reporting methods and address performance and emission issues for end use equipment. Experimental methods, numerical methods and theory will all be applied to deliver strong results for publication and implementation.

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17.3 million


($3.3 millionCAD)

Advance Hydrofaction® Technology Platform to Commercial Readiness – EUDP

2014 – 2017

Grant: 17.3 million (DKK)

Total Project: 29.4 million (DKK

The main objective of the proposed project is to confirm commercial viability of bio-refinery for production of low-sulphur bio-marine diesel propulsion fuel based on Steeper’s Hydrofaction® technology platform at a location in Denmark.

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6.3 million


($1.25 millionCAD)

Using Hydrofaction® to Produce Synthetic Crude from Low-Value Waste Streams - EUDP

2012 – 2014

Grant: 6.3 million (DKK)

Total Project: 11 million (DKK

Current economic estimates in scale indicate syncrude production costs in the range 50-60 $/bbl making it competitive with oil production from tar sands. Hydrofaction® will be very attractive as a contribution to future energy systems dealing with high energy processes, energy security and economical stability. In addition to this, Hydrofaction® has a positive environmental footprint.

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