About TU Delft

TU Delft is a state university and the oldest (1842) Technical University in The Netherlands. TU Delft is characterized by cutting edge research while providing first class education. With circa 23,000 students and 3,000 academic staff TU Delft is also the largest TU in The Netherlands. The research results in about 185 PhD theses and more than 5,500 journal publications  every year.

The Large Scale Energy Storage section, part of the faculty 3mE and the Process & Energy department has more than 20 years of experience in thermochemical, thermal and chemical conversion of biomass. The focus of research in recent years is on the further development of the concept of biorefinery integrated with energy storage concepts (hydrogen, CO2 utilization). Multiple products are derived from biomass through either the syngas route, producing biofuels and chemicals via C1-chemistry, and also based on sugar platform chemistry, first hydrolysing the biomass with production of sugars that are converted to added value chemicals.

In the last approach, furfural has been the focal point chemical from the hemicellulose part of biomass, which constitutes a substantial part of many biomass types. Regarding the sugar platform research, experimental studies have concentrated on deriving the kinetics and mechanisms of the conversion of C5 (and C6 blends) to produce furfural (with hydroxymethyl furfural). Industrially derived bio-hydrolysates have also been studied focusing on their conversion. A process has been developed in concept to continuously produce furfural with substantially higher yields than current processes; this concept has been patented.

 Research Focus:

  • Gasification
  • Pyrolysis
  • Biomass feedstocks characterization and analysis
  • Biomass pre – treatment
  • 3d generation biomass feedstocks
  • Chemicals production
  • Biorefinery concept
  • Energy storage


PartnerLocationRig CodeRig NameRig StatusRig ContactEmail
Delft University of TechnologyNetherlandsTUD1Biomass Characterization LabAvailableChristos Tsekosc.tsekos@tudelft.nl
Delft University of TechnologyNetherlandsTUD2Biomass BFB gasification and gas cleaning unitAvailableChristos Tsekosc.tsekos@tudelft.nl


Christos Tsekos

BRISK2 TA Contact

Wiebren de Jong

Lead Partner

Biofuels Research Infrastructure

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