Frequently Asked Questions

Pyrotech Energy is a leading technology licencor and provider of equipment, engineering support and service to the waste to energy industries.

Our mission is to contribute to a more sustainable society by providing a renewable alternative to fossil fuels. This will be done through the delivery and deployment of fast mobile pyrolysis technology for converting waste green biomass  and organic residues into Bio Crude Oil and other high valued Bio-products in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable manner.

A: In addition offers extensive engineering design capability and experience Pyrotech Energy has also shown commitment to the development of renewable technology solutions with focus on the usage of second-generation feed stocks and technologies that leverage the existing infrastructure (i.e. drop-in replacement fuels).
A: NettEnergy is our business partner and developer of the underlying technology. It is a Dutch -headquartered company with engineering and development offices in Boskoop, The Netherlands. It was incorporated in 2006 and started to commercialise its PyroFlash  technology to convert biomass to Bio-Crude Oil and other Bio-chemicals in 2015.
A: NettEnergy is a world leader in the thermal conversion technology that converts second generation biomass to bio-oil. NettEnergy’s PyroFlash technology is the world’s only 2nd Generation pyrolysis process. It is a fast thermal process whereby biomass is heated rapidly. The biomass is first vaporised and then rapidly cooled.

The process occurs in less than two seconds. This technology produces dry Bio-Crude Oil with high heating content (24 MJ/kg), Biochar and Wood Vinegar simultaneously. Furthermore the technology is designed for mobile installations and is autarkic – no external energy/electricity source apart from biomass is required.

A: MPP stands for Mobile Pyrolysis Plant, representing the PyroFlash technology and the auxiliary equipment used to pre-process 2nd generation biomass, to store the products and produce net electricity.
A: Pyrotech Energy has adopted a modular delivery approach for the MPP which includes standard unit sizes to process current 2 or 10 bone dry metric tons per day of feed stock. The first phase of an MPP project is a scoping study, which involves feed stock testing, initial evaluation of the site, project definition, detailed engineering and a preliminary cost estimate. The second includes procurement, module fabrication, site advisory and startup assistance, and operator training.
A: There are several distinguishing features of our offering compared other fast pyrolysis technologies:

  • Our MPP is the only commercial operation of 2nd Generation fast pyrolysis technology
  • Our MPP produces multiple products simultaneously:
    Biochar, High quality Bio-Crude Oil, Wood Vinegar, Heat and Electricity
  • Our MPP is self-supporting in electrical power – no grid connection of diesel generator is mandatory.

Our MPP is built in Australia guaranteeing local support and maintenance.

A: Under a non-disclosure agreement, Pyrotech Energy can arrange to provide Bio-Crude Oil and bio-chemical samples on a case-by-case basis.
A: There is no catalyst in an MMP unit. There are no chemicals used in the MMP unit.
A: There are no waste streams produced by an MMP unit. The products produced are: Biochar, Crude Bio-Oil, Wood Vinegar and Wood Gas (a combustible fuel suitable for firing in furnaces, boilers, reciprocating engines, etc.).

The flue gas resulting from the wood gas is a high volume, hot stream which can be used in heat recovery systems such as those used for biomass dryers, heat recovery steam generators, thermoelectric generators,etc.

A: The main focus is lingo-cellulosic biomass feed stocks that do not compete with food crops. This includes forestry, pulp and paper residuals, agricultural residues and woody post-consumer streams like clean construction and demolition wood.
A: Performance guarantees are negotiated with each individual customer, but nominal unit throughput, product yield and quality are parameters that are included in the supply agreement.
A: NettEnergy is currently developing technology to convert the Crude Bio-Oil into low sulphur marine fuel.
A: MPP’s Crude Bio-Oil is a green fuel. When it replaces fossil fuels to produce heat or steam, life cycle greenhouse gas emissions are dramatically reduced – by 70-88% – depending on the biomass transport distance. Note the SOx emissions from burning green fuel are similar to natural gas.
A: MPP’s green fuel is a brown, pour-able liquid with a smoky aroma. It has low volatility and is an aqueous polar liquid. It is essentially carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, with low levels of nitrogen and negligible levels of sulphur.

It has a high oxygen and low water content (< 5w%), which improves viscosity but decreases the heating value relative to fossil fuels.

It also has a low pH as a result of the organic acids present. An ASTM specification has been developed for MPP green fuel for use in industrial burners. The fuel is in compliance with ASTM spec D7544.

A: MPP green fuel can be used in a variety of applications, such as space heating, industrial process heating (furnaces, kilns, boilers, etc.) and electrical generation. It can be fired on its own or co-fired with other fuels, such as fossil fuel oil, coal, waste fuels and biomass. In addition the green fuel can be further refined into green transportation fuels within a crude oil refinery.
A: These are plentiful feed stocks that do not compete with food resources. Ligno-cellulosic residuals from the forestry and agricultural sectors such as sawdust, empty fruit bunches, corn stover, and straw are examples. Urban residuals such as wood from construction and demolition activities are additional examples of non-food, biomass feed stocks.

Energy crops which can be grown on land which otherwise could not support food crops can also be utilised. Studies completed in Australia  show there are more than a billion tons of cellulosic residuals available in Australia today.

A: The transportation fuel that we will offer is not ethanol or biodiesel equivalents. Pyrotech Energy is developing two pathways to renewable transportation fuels. One using existing refinery infrastructure to co-process MPP Bio-Crude Oil.

The second is upgrading of MPP-Bio-crude Oil directly to transportation fuels for the marine industry. The green transportation fuels produced by upgrading will be fungible with their fossil counterparts. These fuels will be known as green Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO)