Clariant has signed a license agreement with a Chinese green energy company for its sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology.
Harbin Hulan Sino-Dan Jianye Bio-Energy, a subsidiary of the Sino-Dan Jianye Group, has been involved in the second generation biofuels business and research for almost a decade.
The plant operation will be performed by Harbin Hulan Sino-Dan Jianye Bio-Energy at a corn-rich greenfield site near Harbin City in the Heilongjiang Province, in Northeast China.
The annual production capacity is planned to be 25,000 tons of cellulosic ethanol, processing more than 125,000 tons of locally sourced corn stover.
“The announcement of the second license deal for our sunliquid technology in the region emphasises that China continues to be a growth market for Clariant. Especially at this point in time as China is investing more and more in innovative and sustainable technology solutions. Clariant is well positioned to capture these promising business opportunities,” said Hans Bohnen, Clariant’s chief operating officer.
Christian Librera, vice president and head of business line biofuels and derivatives at Clariant, added: “China intends to establish a nationwide mandate to achieve a 10% renewable ethanol content in transportation fuels with several provinces such as Heilongjiang having a binding mandate already in place. The project with Harbin Hulan Sino-Dan Jianye Bio-Energy will strengthen our position in the national 2G biofuels market while helping China to achieve its decarbonisation targets in the transport sector.”
Wang Jianye, founder and president of the board of Sino-Dan Jianye Group, said: "Cellulosic ethanol technology is a new-generation fuel ethanol technology that is strongly encouraged and supported by the Chinese government. Moreover, it is one of the important technical means by which to realize the goals raised by President Xi Jinping to peak its carbon output by 2030 and to be carbon neutral by 2060.”
The produced cellulosic ethanol will be utilised in the Chinese regional fuels market as a petrol additive, or as E85 (85% ethanol content) gasoline substitute to fulfill the provincial blending mandate.
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