Clariant unveils first commercial cellulosic ethanol at Podari plant

By Sakina Raj  | Date: 2022-06-15

Clariant unveils first commercial cellulosic ethanol at Podari plant

Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant AG has produced its first commercial sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol at its new production facility in Podari, Romania.

The complete offtake is bound with a multi-year deal with leading global energy company Shell. Over the past six months, the facility underwent an extensive process of commissioning leading to the successful initiation of production.

According to credible reports, close to 50,000 tons of second-gen biofuels will be extracted from 250,000 tons of agricultural residues that are locally sourced.

The cellulosic ethanol generated at this facility can be implemented as a drop-in solution for blending fuel. It also provides further opportunities for end-user applications of bio-based chemicals and sustainable aviation fuel.

Clariant CEO Conrad Keijzer commented that the company prioritizes the protection of the climate. Keijzer added that biochemicals and biofuels produced using agricultural waste are crucial for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Thus, it is crucial to increase commercial availability and production to establish their broader usage thereby increasing the importance of the sunliquid® plant in Podari.

Clariant is driven to develop innovative solutions keeping a sustainable future at the core. Head of Business Line Biofuels & Derivatives, Christian Librera, has stated that the advanced biofuel produced using the process of sunliquid® technology supports the decarbonization of the transportation industry by offering 120% CO2 savings in comparison to fossil fuel.

Librera has pointed out that despite the pandemic conditions, the company successfully started producing its marquee sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol plant on time.

This showcases that Clariant offers a commercially deployable technology and expedites its licensing business strategy, added Librera.

Shell intends to be a profitable, material supplier of advanced sustainable low-carbon fuels under its broader work to transform into a net-zero emissions business by 2050.

For the uninitiated, the Podari plant is constructed in a ten-hectare area and hires around 100 employees.

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