What exactly can you do with pyrolysis?
Pyrolysis is a thermochemical conversion technology that is suitable for a wide range of residues and renewable raw materials, varying from different types of biomass and biomass residual flows to waste flows such as mixed or contaminated plastics and car tires. In the Netherlands, this involves 2.5 million tonnes / year of residual flows that are currently incinerated or recycled at a low level, for which pyrolysis could be an attractive processing method. Because pyrolysis can convert residual flows from all kinds of sectors, including agro-food, (bio) chemistry and recycling, into liquid (transport) fuels or raw material for the chemical industry, it is pre-eminently a technology that connects different sectors. Due to the large presence of both the chemical and agro-food sector in the south of the Netherlands, pyrolysis offers excellent opportunities for creating new value chains between or within these sectors. The challenge to fully utilize the potential of pyrolysis and to make pyrolysis a commercially feasible process, however, lies in being able to convert the lowest possible quality raw material into the highest possible quality product.
What do they want to achieve with this project?
The aim of the Pyrolysis Proeftuin Zuid-Nederland project is to demonstrate approximately 30 unique value chains with pyrolysis technology by means of 4 different pyrolysis technologies and an open innovation strategy, whereby residual flows offered in the South of the Netherlands are converted into a product that is as high-quality as possible: (transport- ) fuels and raw materials for the regional industry, which further processes them into end products. In this way, cross-sectoral value chains can be created.
Business cases will be validated within the project, so that commercial pyrolysis installations can eventually be rolled out in the Southern Netherlands and beyond. It is precisely by combining different pyrolysis technologies in one project that a reliable overview can be obtained of the spectrum of raw materials and end products for which pyrolysis can offer commercially feasible solutions. This living lab project will set up the cluster and demonstrate the business case for the technology by means of a demonstration of value chains based on pyrolysis, so that the cluster can then operate independently, and pyrolysis can be rolled out within the Southern Netherlands and beyond.