March 2013 - Empyro BV has contracted Zeton for next step towards realisation of fast pyrolysis plant Hengelo.
Last week preparations for the start of construction of the Empyro plant entered their final stage with the contracting of Zeton . Within the Empyro project Zeton is responsible for the heart of the pyrolysis plant. They will provide the detailed design, component procurement and manufacturing of the core components of Empyro. The next phase towards pyrolysis oil production has been made possible by joint efforts of the shareholders BTG-BTL and Tree Power , the Province of Overijssel , the European Commission and the Dutch Top Sector Policy Programme .
Since 2007, the Washington Department of Ecology and the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR) at Washington State University have produced a series of in-depth reports on biochar production, use, and economics. The interest in biochar grew out of a state solid waste management plan called Beyond Waste that created the Organic Waste to Resources project, charged with examining ways to use nearly 17 million tons of organic waste identified in Washington State. A large portion of this waste is ligno-cellulosic waste from wood and straw, where pyrolysis is an attractive option for recovering energy and producing stable carbon that can benefit soils and climate.
Current research examines the multiple reaction pathways of pyrolysis to understand how to manipulate the formation of pyrolysis' multiple products (oil, gas, char, and miscellaneous chemicals) to enhance the economic value of pyrolysis; identifying catalysts to manipulate pyrolysis reactions is also a goal of some pyrolysis research. Published research suggests that pyrolysis reactions have some dependence upon the structural composition of feedstocks (. lignocellulosic biomass ), with contributions from some minerals present in the feedstocks; some minerals present in feedstock are thought to increase the cost of operation of pyrolysis or decrease the value of oil produced from pyrolysis, through corrosive reactions.  The low quality of oils produced through pyrolysis can be improved by subjecting the oils to one or many physical and chemical processes,  which might drive production costs, but may make sense economically as circumstances change.