Biofuels and biobased raw materials for an energetic future

BTG-BTL from Enschede in Twente is a worldwide operating specialist in converting biomass into advanced biofuels and biobased raw materials. They are at the forefront of innovation in their field and have already developed numerous technological innovations since they were founded in 1987. Practical applications that result from these innovations take place in separate spin-offs. Examples are BTG BioLiquids in Enschede and Empyro in Hengelo.

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In short

  • Bioenergy is a renewable fuel and contributes to improving the climate
  • BTG-BTL is the market leader in the bioenergy field and does everything in their power to reduce their CO2 footprint

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Climate change

The world is changing rapidly. Changes are visible everywhere, especially climate changes. Energy production and consumption is no exception to this rule. According to BTG-BTL, it is an illusion to think the world will be predictable in the near future. Change is inevitable. For example, fossil fuels like oil and natural gas are finite and will slowly run out or become too expensive. In 300 years, humanity nearly finished the earth’s oil and natural gas reserves that took millions of years to build up. This usage is associated with various consequences such as pollution and negative effects on people, the environment and the climate.

Develop multiple solutions simultaneously

BTG-BLT is a member of Green Business Club Twente. Finding a sustainable way of living for humanity, although not all problems may be solved at once, is BTG-BTL’s mission. They envision that multiple sustainable solutions must be developed simultaneously. BTG-BTL developed and optimized pyrolysis technology. With it, the company can produce pyrolysis oil, a dark brown liquid, from biomass. The process is similar to the process used in nature, but what took mother nature millions of years takes BTG-BTL only two seconds. 

Mature technology

Pyrolysis technology is mature as it can easily be spread throughout the world by building factories. The product, the pyrolysis oil, can be used in boilers to produce heat and electricity when customers so wish. The oil can be used flexibly since production and usage can be separated (the oil can be stored for years without any problem). Worldwide many parties are interested in cooperating to increase the quality of the pyrolysis oil and to use this oil as raw material for sustainable petrol or diesel. According to BTG-BTL, the future is promising and challenging, both to themselves as their partners.

Footprint halved

The CO2 footprint of BTG-BTL has been halved in recent years due to phased investments in CO2 reduction. The remaining half is compensated by financing sustainable projects abroad. The goal is to be CO2 neutral in the next years.



BTG-BTL was the first spin-off of the University of Twente (in 1987), and produced about twenty more spin-offs themselves. Examples are BTG BioLiquids in Enschede, focusing on selling pyrolysis factories and Empyro, the pyrolysis oil factory in Hengelo. BTG-BTL works closely together with the University of Twente and around 20 more universities worldwide. 

Date: 12 June 2018 |

Source of tekst: BTG BLT |