Clariant is set to officially open its first commercial-scale plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol based on the sunliquid technology.
The plant, with an annual capacity of 50,000 tonnes of cellulosic ethanol, is located in Podari, near Craiova, in the southwestern part of Romania.
sunliquid cellulosic ethanol is an advanced, sustainable biofuel that plays an important role in the decarbonisation of the transport sector.
After more than two years of construction, the Swiss-based company said it was delighted to inaugurate the plant, which is a flagship project for advanced biofuels production worldwide.
The sunliquid plant receives more than €40 million in funding from the European Union and is constructed on a 10-hectare site.
The new facility will have access to a secure regional supply of feedstock and can benefit from the region’s existing logistic and industrial infrastructure.
Christian Librera, vice president and head of business line biofuels and derivatives at Clariant, said a year ago: "Over the past months, several milestones have been reached on the construction site while also achieving the installation of the majority of large key equipment.
“This puts us on track to complete the construction by the end of 2021, after which start-up and production will commence. We are proud to see already the substantial benefits that our investment is bringing to the Podari region and look forward to see its impact increase further once the plant is fully staffed and operating at full capacity.”
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