Clariant, ORLEN Group ink license agreement for cellulosic ethanol technology

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Specialty chemical company Clariant has announced a license agreement for its sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol technology with ORLEN Group member ORLEN Południe, a European fuels and energy markets player.

This is the second license agreement for Clariant’s sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol technology, and represents another step towards full commercialisation of the platform.

The agreement will help ORLEN Południe to realise a full-scale commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues, helping to establish the company as a leader in the Polish biofuels industry.

“We are excited by the continued interest in our sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol technology and proud to have signed this second license agreement,” said Hans Bohnen, COO at Clariant. “It shows that our long-term strategic commitment to innovation and sustainability can deliver additional growth above and beyond Clariant's current strong portfolio.”

Daniel Obajtek, president of the PKN ORLEN management board, added: “In line with our strategy, we consistently develop and strengthen the Group companies, including ORLEN Południe. We invest in modern technologies and focus on high-margin products, as they will be crucial to maintaining our leading position in the region in the coming years. At the same time, we do not forget about corporate social responsibility and we apply solutions that significantly mitigate our environmental impact.”

ORLEN Południe will use Clariant’s technology for a proposed plant at its Jedlicze site in the southeast of Poland. According to the company, the facility will have an estimated annual production capacity of 25,000 tonnes.