Pyrolysis cogeneration

In the middle of the woods of Twente University campus, architecten van Mourik created the design for a pyrolysis cogeneration system. In this construction, electricity and heat will be generated in a carbon neutral way, by burning pyrolysis oil whilst simultaneously representing the campus’ ‘high tech, human touch’ motto. The pyrolysis oil is artificially generated from biomass such as prunings and cuttings from the campus and will be generated in Hengelo. The L-shape depicts the pyrolysis cogeneration’s linear process. In the horizontal bar of this structure (the long side of the L-shape) pyrolysis oil is converted into heat and electricity, in the tower (the short side of the L-shape) the flue gasses are expelled and filtered. The produced heat and electricity are then distributed underground across campus. The welded casing of thick “Corten” type steel plates is constructive and contains any sounds generated by the pyrolysis process. The building has been designed as an autonomous object: all additions to the top part, such as grilles and gates, are therefore abstract design.

campus University of Twente

Facilitair Bedrijf


scope in mē gross floor area
337 m2

Willem van der Burgh, Romke de Haan, Peter Vermeulen, Klaas van der Molen, Wesley Leeman, Joyce de Grauw

BTG (installatietechniek)
Aronsohn (constructie)
Peutz (geluid)