02 Apr Finnish order of millions for Dutch pyrolysis technology
Oil from sawdust: this is possible with pyrolysis. The Dutch company BTG-BTL is going to build several factories in Finland where sawdust is converted into oil. The total investment of the Finns is € 100 million.
The pyrolysis technology that is brought to Finland has been developed by the Hengelo company BTG-BTL, a spin-off from the University of Twente. The technology is already being used successfully in the Netherlands. FrieslandCampina, for example, uses oil extracted from pyrolysis for energy supply. The dairy producer saves 24,000 tonnes of CO2 per year with the oil.
Pyrolysis is a process whereby biomass is cracked into charcoal, gas and oil under high temperatures, up to 500 degrees Celsius, and without oxygen. The BTG-BTL plant naturally processes residual waste into oil. The process to make the oil takes a few seconds. “We can honestly say that it is” non-fossil, non-food “oil,” says Gerhard Muggen general manager at BTG-BTL. “Our oil is a good alternative to fossil oil and is not at the expense of agricultural land or forests.” The oil can be used in industry to replace natural gas or fuel oil and can also be used as a transport fuel after processing.
Finland: sawdust as a raw material
According to BTG-BTL, one factory of € 25 million is being built in Finland in the first instance. “But the customer has already indicated that they want three more,” the company says. The factories are built in the Netherlands as a prefab factory and assembled on site in Finland. Operation is in the hands of the Finnish Green Fuel Nordic Oy. This Finnish company will produce 20 million liters of oil annually. The raw material used is sawdust from the sawmill next to the factory.
“The contract with Green Fuel Nordic Oy is an important step in the international rollout of our technology and is proof that customers believe in the potential of pyrolysis as a renewable oil source. It is fantastic that a country like Finland, where they are very far in the field of sustainability, has opted for our Dutch technology, “says Muggen.
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