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Climate Positive Drying System for Coffee Industries using a highly disruptive Pyrolysis Technology

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Project "PYROTECH" data sheet

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Organization address
city: ZÜRICH
postcode: 8008
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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Project website
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3. (PRIORITY 'Societal challenges)
2. H2020-EU.2.3. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Innovation In SMEs)
3. H2020-EU.2.1. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies)
 Code Call H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-1
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-12-01   to  2019-03-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    SOFIES-EMAC AG CH (ZÜRICH) coordinator 50˙000.00


 Project objective

PYROTECH is based on a highly disruptive pyrolysis technology as a heating source for drying coffee cherries and makes it possible to produce biochar (a fertilizer used in coffee agriculture). It will displace the market’s “dry methods” for processing coffee, which involves sun drying or the use of heat coming from a conventional burner, which produces heavy smoke, environmental pollution, and lung diseases as well as negatively affecting the quality of coffee cherries quality and resulting in black colouring. PYROTECH is four to ten times cheaper than other pyrolysis systems. It will generate more than 6,5 million euros of additional income for European coffee companies and will eliminate more than 18.000 tonnes of C02 emissions in the first three years due to the carbon sequestration potential of coffee husk used and biochar produced. Currently, more than 9,5 million tonnes of green coffee beans are processed annually, from which 4,8 million tonnes are produced using the dry method. Taking into account the market size, market distribution and current interest of our potential clients, PYROTECH will cover after five years of commercialization, 18% of the total amount of pyrolysis machines needed to dry the coffee cherries. Coffee buyers will require farmers to use PYROTECH as a result of the increased quality of the product, the decrease in the selling price and the improved health and safety conditions.

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