Oekozentrum - CH / Peru

Pulpa Pyro Peru: A Small and Mobile Pyrolysis Plant for the Use of Humid Coffee Pulp

Contract: 2013.05

Pulpa Pyro Peru: A Small and Mobile Pyrolysis Plant for the Use
of Humid Coffee Pulp

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Pilot Project

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Project Start:

August 2013

End of Project:

January 2016

Partners :

Ökozentrum Langenbruck,, Martin Schmid
Sofies-Emac AG, Zurich, Martin Fritsch, Hannes Zellweger

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© Ökozentrum

Swiss Contribution

The Swiss Ökozentrum Langenbruck has many years of experience in the development of sustainable energy technologies and projects for developing countries. Sofies-Emac has expertise in the area of resource efficiency and clean production technologies (Cleaner Production) in food production, especially in the coffee and rice sectors.


Peru’s coffee cultivation is strongly segmented. A lot of different farms are producing coffee on small plantations. The fruit pulp is the coffee production’s main biomass waste product. The humid and non-combustible coffee pulp is slightly acidic, hardly compostable or fermentable, not suitable for animal feeding and may pollute the ground water. Another aspect is the high potassium content that was extracted by the coffee plant from the soil.

This REPIC project’s main goal is the development of a simple pyrolysis plant designed for continuous operation. The pyrolysis plant will deliver both heating energy for the drying process and potassium rich bio char that can be used as fertilizer. It is planned to distribute the new pyrolysis plant in collaboration with a local producer of coffee-production equipment; partly within the UNIDO RECP initiative’s framework, starting in 2014.


The Final Report "Pulpa Pyro Peru – Clean Generation of Biochar and Energy from Coffee Pulp" is available at Short movie about the workshop "pyrolysis of biomass waste"