13 Nov Clariant builds cellulose ethanol plant in Romania
Swiss chemical company Clariant will start in 2018 with the construction of a full-scale cellulose-ethanol plant in southwest Romania. The plan is a next step towards the commercialization of bioethanol.
The installation, based on Clariant’s Sunliquid technology, will have an annual production capacity of 50,000 tons. Each year, 250,000 tonnes of agricultural waste, such as straw and grain residues, will be bought from local farmers.
The goal is to make the installation independent of fossil energy sources. Therefore by-products of the production process are used to generate renewable energy.
“The Sunliquid process demonstrates the production of efficient and sustainable biofuels and has great potential as a technology platform for a variety of bio-based materials,” says Christian Kohlpainter, member of the board of directors at Clariant, in a press release.
In September an agreement was concluded with biofuel producer Enviral in Slovakia for the license of the technology.
Fuel from cellulose is a ‘second-generation biofuel’. In contrast to earlier biofuels, energy crops are used that are not related to food and therefore do not pose a threat to food production.
The first production of the new cellulosic ethanol plant is expected in 2020.