Frequently ask questions

   
Why are biomass as well as bio-oil considered CO2-neutral? Isn't it true that CO2 is released during combustion?
   
While it is true that the combustion of biomass produces just as much CO2 as fossil fuels, the big difference is that the raw... Read full answer
   
How do I find out what the quality requirements are for oil used in my installation?
   
The supplier of the boiler, furnace or fuel engine can usually clearly indicate the requirements that the bio-oil must meet, and the licenser can also make additional ... Read full answer
   
How can I be sure that I received the correct quality and quantity?
   
We always verify quality before intake at our own laboratories, and have our bulk storage tank analyzed by an independent laboratory.
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What is the main ingredient of your biomass?
   
The main ingredient of our bio-oil is a mixture of various types of vegetable oils. These are released as by-product in the oil and oil seed processing industry in Eur... Read full answer
   
What is the most common use of bio-oil?
   
Bio-oil is usually used as co-incinerator with solid biomass, as co-incinerator with fossil fuels where a steam cycle produces green power, and bio-oil is also used in... Read full answer
   
How can I be sure that I received the correct quality and quantity?
   
We always verify quality before intake at our own laboratories, and have our bulk storage tank analyzed by an independent laboratory.
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What about emissions when bio-oil is used?
   
The emissions from bio-oil use are lower than fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas; be... Read full answer
   
What is the main ingredient of your biomass?
   
The main ingredient of our bio-oil is a mixture of various types of vegetable oils. These are released as by-product in the oil and oil seed processing industry in Eur... Read full answer
   
What about emissions when bio-oil is used?
   
The emissions from bio-oil use are lower than fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas; because they contain no sulphur or chlorine, emissions are also cleaner. Soot ... Read full answer
   
How does Van der Kooy see the future for biofuels?
   
We are really already catching a glimpse of the future, with increasing demand for this alternative energy source and knowledge and market developments for biofuels. <... Read full answer
   
What exactly does sustainably produced bio-oil mean, and how do you accomplish this?
   
Sustainably produced bio-oil means that no existing forests have been cut down to facilitate the production of oils and fats; the producers that want to produce accord... Read full answer
   
In which quantities can bio-oil be purchased, and what is the minimum amount?
   
Bio-oil can be purchased in large quantities at the moment, so that even large power stations can use it as co-incinerating f... Read full answer
   
How can you be sure that your products were produced in a sustainable manner?
   
The main stream of vegetable oils and fats that we use for bio-oil and biomass is released as by-product in the oil and oil seed processing industry in Europe.
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What do you consider to be the most sustainable plant for energy cultivation?
   
That would be the Jatropha Curcas L plant.
 
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Can the price be determined for a longer period of time?
   
Yes, although we do differentiate between two product groups.
 
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How much energy does it cost to produce, process and transport bio-oil, in other words, what is the energy mass balance, and in the end, isn't more fuel used than produced?
   

Because of the high density of bio-oil, the energy mass balance is certainly positive, and I will attempt to illustrate this below, supported by a number of core figures... Read full answer

   
What are your own energy policies, and are you using biomass already?
   
Yes, we already use sustainable CO2-neutral energy sources for parts of our production, and also for the transportation of our products. Our heaters have been converte... Read full answer
   
Can I use biomass instead of normal fossil fuel in any installation without conversion?
   
No, usually the installation does require some adjustments as far as preliminary treatment goes. It might not need much adjustment, but this is strongly related to the... Read full answer
   
What is the smallest installation that can run on biomass?
   
Technically, it can be used in any installation; financially we agree that a certain size would be required: this depends in part on how and for what purpose bio-oil w... Read full answer
   
What is the best way to store biomass, and does it degrade during storage?
   
For the storage of bio-oil, depending on the type of oil, special precautions must be taken with the storage tank such as heating and overflow protection; in addition ... Read full answer
   
Do I need a special license to start using biomass?
   
In most countries, a so-called environmental license must be applied for in order to start using bio-mass.
 
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