BTG Biomass Technology Group BV is an independent SME since 1987, with approximately 30 employees. BTG’s activities are structured in two business units; consultancy & project development, and research & technology development. This unique combination is the base for providing highly innovative services, which are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The RTD department developed various thermochemical biomass conversion processes (e.g. gasification, fast pyrolysis, reforming in supercritical water, torrefaction, etc.). The further improvement of the fast pyrolysis process and development of various FPBO applications are core activities of the RTD department. The state of the art research facilities (0.1 – 200 kg/h) available at BTG are used within (inter)national research and development projects, as well as for contract research. BTG Consultancy provides advisory services and technical assistance to a wide range of private and public clients around the globe. A key area is research on socio-economic impacts and life-cycle analysis (LCA) of bio-energy systems. Both business units participate in Residue2Heat.
Role in the project
BTG-RTD will focus on the production of a standardized FPBO product from high-ash containing biomass streams, according to CEN specifications and complying with REACH registration. Various biomass species will be converted, and sufficient FPBO for the project will be produced. In Residue2Heat specific focus will be on the production of a single phase FPBO. Heterogeneous properties of FPBO from residue streams involve phase separation caused by excess water; phase separation by non-polar components and the presence of solid particles. Research will be performed to investigate the nature of these aspects. Dedicated FPBO after treatment technologies are developed, in order to produce a homogeneous fuel suitable for use in residential heating systems. BTG-Cons will lead WP-6 on socio-economic and environmental impacts. A screening LCA will be performed to compare the impact of the entire value chain to the fossil reference case. Indicators include GHG emission reduction, mass and energy balances and such. Furthermore social aspects such as the public acceptance, the effect on (local) economy and the generation of (in)direct jobs will be evaluated.