Empyro project

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In Hengelo (the Netherlands) a 5 tonnes/hr pyrolysis plant is under construction, named Empyro. This plant will convert wood into pyrolysis oil, process steam and electricity.

This project has been made possible through financial support of the European Commission (FP7 programme), the Ministry of Economic Affairs via the Topsector Energie TKI-BBE programme, the province of Overijssel, the Energy Fund of Overijssel and a private investor from Enschede. Investments for design and construction of the Empyro plant are 19 million Euro.

The constuction has started in the end of 2013. The pyrolysis oil will be purchased by the company FrieslandCampina, which has signed a long term off-take agreement. FrieslandCampina will use the oil in its production location in Borculo to replace 10 million cubic meters of natural gas annually. This is in line with its policy goals of climate neutral growth, use of renewable energy and efficient and sustainable production, as laid down in its strategy route2020. With the choice for this fuel the share of renewable energy grows and the CO2 emissions decrease by 15% for the Borculo location.