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High demand for Dutch biofuel technology in the Nordics

  • The plant in Gävle, Sweden. Photo: BTG

Finland will invest 100 million euro in new sustainable technology in order to produce oil from various waste materials - including wood waste. The yearly capacity will be 20 million litres oil, and Bio4Fuels partner BTG-BTL will build the facilities.

Published: 25 June 2020

High demand for Dutch biofuel technology in the Nordics

The company BTG-BTL (Biomass to liquid) was established in 2008 to sell the BTG pyrolysis technology. The company has developed and upscaled commercial technology for producing pyrolysis oil from waste biomass. In April 2019 managing director Gerhard Muggen could proudly announce a major order from Finnish company Green Fuel Nordic Oy – to first build a single production facility, and subsequently three more plants.

 In September 2019 a new success was announced. The company Pyrocell (co-owned by Setra and Preem) ordered a pyrolysis plant to convert sawdust to pyrolysis oil. The plant will be built in Gävle in Sweden and the oil will be used by Preem in their refinery in Lysekil.

- The development and ongoing build-up of fast pyrolysis technology in Europe is the way to a sustainable biofuel industry, says Gerhard Muggen.

- Our cooperation with research centres, such as Bio4Fuels, is important in order to be able to raise the bar even further, he states.

Millions of years in a couple of seconds

The BTG-BTL pyrolysis technology produces raw oil sustainably from natural waste materials. In pyrolysis, raw materials such as sawdust or grass clippings are heated to approximately 500 °C in the absence of oxygen, resulting in the formation of raw bio oil.

- In nature, this process takes millions of years, but our technology speeds up the process so that it takes only a few seconds, Gerhard Muggen explains. He continues:

- We can honestly say that we’re talking about “non-fossil-non-food”-oil. Our oil is an excellent alternative for fossil fuels and does not require the exploitation of agricultural land or forests. It really is a sustainable form of energy.

Published 25. June 2020 - 9:28 - Updated 26. June 2020 - 10:46