Clariant is making good progress in building a new commercial-scale plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues based on its sunliquid technology.
Paolo Corvo, Clariant’s head of sales and marketing, business line biofuels and derivatives, gave an update on the project during a webinar on how Europe can develop a market for advanced renewable fuels. The webinar coincided with the EU’s Sustainable Energy Week.
The plant with an annual capacity of 50,000 tons of cellulosic ethanol will be located in Podari near Craiova in the south western part of Romania.
Cellulosic ethanol is an advanced, truly sustainable and nearly carbon-neutral biofuel that can readily be used in our existing car and energy infrastructure. It is produced from agricultural residues such as wheat straw, which are sourced from local farmers.
The first-of-its-kind facility will generate new green jobs, business opportunities and economic growth in a rural area.
By building the new plant, a new bio-based value chain built on agricultural residues will be established in the region, providing a tangible example for a successful circular economy approach. At the same time, this plant lays the foundation for a wide-scale implementation of advanced biofuels production in Europe and for a more sustainable energy supply in the European transport sector.
Clariant is investing more than €100 million in its first sunliquid plant. The project received more than €40 million funding from the European Union.
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