In January 2014 BTG Bioliquids / Empyro BV started construction of its pyrolysis oil production facility in Hengelo, the Netherlands. The Empyro plant converts 5 tons per hour of wood residues into pyrolysis oil, process steam and electricity. Start-up of the installation commenced in early 2015 and production has gradually increased since. Nameplate capacity was reached in 2017 and more than 24.000 tons of bio-oil is produced per year. The success of the Empyro project has served as the first leap towards full-scale fast pyrolysis technology commercialization.
Since 2019 Empyro is part of Twence, which focuses on the recovery of raw materials and the production of renewable energy. They where happy to add this unique and successful plant to their portfolio. The Empyro plant in completely operated by Twence personnel since mid-2019. Both parties work together on optimizing this plant further and e.g. build a bulk storage for other possible future feedstock types.
February 2012 Empyro B.V. organised a signing session and press conference. During this event essential permits, loans and letters of intent were handed over or signed.
March 2013 preparations for the start of construction of the Empyro plant entered their final stage with the contracting of Zeton, Stork and HoSt.
January 2014 Empyro announced it has reached financial close and construction has started. After previous financial commitments from the EU (FP7) and the Dutch government (TKI-BBE) the final step was made possible through equity investments by the province of overijssel (EFO) and a local investor.
Mr. Theo Rietkerk (Representative Economy, Energy and Innovation of the Province of Overijssel) has performed the ceremony that marks the start of construction activities on the site of the Empyro factory.
It was announced in our newsletter that the Empyro construction phase has been completed according to schedule.
We had an opening ceremony with national and international guests to celebrate the start of pyrolysis oil production in Hengelo!
It was announced in our newsletter that after a period of gradual improvements the Empyro plant has reached 100% of its nameplate capacity. Empyro passed the 20 million liter mark, making it the world leader in terms of pyrolysis oil production.
It was announced Empyro will become part of Twence, which focuses on the recovery of raw materials and the production of renewable energy. They are happy to add this unique and succesful plant to their portfolio. Both parties will work together on optimizing this plant further and will build an installation for the pretreatment of roadside grass as a future feedstock. The unique fast pyrolysis technology will remain in the hands of BTG-BTL who will construct more of these plants all around the world together with TechnipFMC.
Pyrolysis oil is the product of heating of biomass without oxygen. Pyrolysis technology in its most traditional and simple form is heat oak or beech resulting in a dense smoke for smoking fish or meat.
Pyrolysis oil is a uniform liquid that can be used as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels for the production of renewable energy and chemicals. It is obtained through a process called fast pyrolysis, which transforms biomass into a liquid.