EMPYRO Project Background and Objectives

The European chemical industry consumes large amounts of energy, which can account for up to 60% of production costs of chemicals. In addition, this industry accounts for 12% of EU energy demand and consequently contributes to the total CO2 emission of the EU. Therefore, it is important for the chemical industry to move away from fossil fuels in order to reduce the impact of volatile prices of fossil fuels and to continue its efforts in terms of GHG emission reduction.

The use of biomass for energy can contribute to reducing the impact of volatile prices of fossil fuels and to reducing the GHG emissions. Following this approach, the project will build and demonstrate the first polygeneration pyrolysis plant in Europe that will use woody biomass to produce electricity, process steam and pyrolysis oil.