The overall energy efficiency of the production of pure hydrogen using the pyrolysis oil driven steam-iron process is evaluated for different process conditions. The process consists of a two-step process (reduction with pyrolysis oil, oxidation with steam) from which pure hydrogen can be obtained, without purification steps. An optimum energy efficiency of 53% is achieved when the equilibrium conversion is obtained in the redox cycle at 800°C. When assuming chemical equilibrium, increasing the process temperature results in a low process efficiency due to a large amount of unreacted steam that needs to be condensed to separate the hydrogen product. Using experimental data in the process simulation, a high-energy efficiency is obtained at 920°C (39%) compared with the efficiency at 800°C (29%). This is caused by the low conversion in the reduction at 800°C. Improving the iron oxide material to enhance the reduction with pyrolysis oil at 800°C, is therefore suggested.