BTG Biomass Technology Group

BTG logo - EMPYRO project - Pyrolysis oil production - Bio-oil production - Pyrolysis plant in EuropeBTG Biomass Technology Group BV is a private SME company, which for the past 30 years has specialised in the conversion of biomass into biofuels and bio-energy. BTG’s two business units, Consultancy and R&D, work in synergy. BTG is active in the field of studies & consulting, project and business development, applied R&D, technology development and engineering. Biomass energy technologies mastered include thermal and biological conversion processes (pyrolysis, gasification, combustion, liquefaction, carbonisation, anaerobic digestion, agglomeration, and briquetting). In 2007, BTG established BTG BioLiquids B.V. (trade name BTG-BTL). BTG-BTL is dedicated to the worldwide commercial implementation of the flash pyrolysis technology developed by BTG. BTG-BTL is one of the executing parties of this project under the BTG umbrella.

BTG main tasks in the project

BTG is the coordinator of the EMPYRO project, and chairs the Steering Committee. Furthermore, BTG is involved in several activities such as detailed engineering of the pyrolysis plant, research on the production and further upgrading of pyrolysis oils, provision of experienced operators for demonstration, and evaluation of the plant performance.
BTG staff is heavily involved in starting up the plant and troubleshooting, as it is the only company which has ever operated such units before. In fact, BTG staff has already constructed several pyrolysis plants at different scales including one at a commercial scale in Malaysia (2t/hr). Furthermore, BTG regularly operates its pilot plant, which is located at its laboratories. In parallel BTG staff will teach new operators how to run the plant; these new operators will be hired by Empyro BV. At the end of the EMPYRO project, it is expected that 8-10 operators will be employed by Empyro BV to enable 24/7 operation, and make sure that no direct involvement of BTG is required anymore.

BTG previous experience

BTG Biomass Technology Group BV is a SME, which for the past 30 years has specialised in the conversion of biomass into biofuels and bio-energy. BTG started its fast pyrolysis developments in the 90’s with a new reactor concept, which has been continuously optimised in its dedicated research lab where several test facilities are available. BTG fast pyrolysis developments have resulted in several patents, which are now commercially exploited by its daughter company BTG-BTL. BTG has an extensive experience and is deeply involved in European bio-energy R&D programmes, as it is or was project co-ordinator or partner of various biomass pyrolysis R&D projects since the Fourth Framework Programme.

In the Bioliquids-CHP project, the use of pyrolysis oil in diesel engines and gas turbines is further developed. This project is carried out in close cooperation with several Russian institutes and companies.