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Empyro passes 15 million litre milestone

The Empyro Fast Pyrolysis Bio Oil plant in Hengelo, Netherlands, has produced a total of 15 million litres of Fast Pyrolysis Bio Oil (FPBO) since its start-up in 2015.

The Empyro woody biomass pyrolysis plant in Hengelo, the Netherlands.

The Empyro woody biomass pyrolysis plant in Hengelo, the Netherlands.

According to a statement, the Empyro Fast Pyrolysis Bio Oil plant in Hengelo, Netherlands, has produced a total of 15 million litres of Fast Pyrolysis Bio Oil (FPBO) since its start-up in 2015. The plant, which is owned and operated by BTG Bioliquids B.V., reached this milestone in June 2017 operated by one operator only and on a continuous basis.

The FPBO produced is temporarily stored and thereafter transported by truck to dairy products producer Campina where it is used as fuel in a steam boiler. The steam produced by Empyro at the biomass pyrolysis plant is used directly by the neighbour AkzoNobel.

Currently, Technip Benelux B.V. and BTG Bioliquids B.V. are actively selling this type of plants and several proposals are issued and one contract signed. The market shows a lot of interest based on the ongoing Energy Transition process, while the types of biomass used as a potential feedstock are very diverse. Connecting the two worlds of biomass and the petrochemical world is possible via this process and its product, said Jan A. de Jager Vice President New Technologies at Technip Benelux B.V.

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