Romania: Bio-Ethanol Production Clariant to Build Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Romania
Clariant will invest in a new full-scale commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues using its sunliquid technology.
Muttenz/Switzerland — The new plant, with an annual production capacity of 50.000 tons, will be built in the southwestern part of Romania. The facility will be a flagship site, confirming competitiveness and sustainability of the sunliquid technology at commercial scale, the company announced.
To further focus on the commercialization of bio-ethanol, licenses and enzymes, the speciality chemicals producer has set-up a new Business Line Biofuels & Derivatives, as part of the Business Area Catalysis.
In September this year, the manufacturer already announced the signing of the first technology license agreement with Enviral, a member of the Envien Group.
"After five years of operating our pre-commercial sunliquid plant in Straubing, Germany, and thorough process demonstration we are now ready to scale-up to the next level", explains Markus Rarbach, Head of Start-up Business Biofuels & Derivatives at Clariant.
Next steps are detailed engineering studies before the ground breaking and start of construction, which is planned for 2018. The plant is anticipated to deliver its first batch of product in 2020. Peak sales from the sunliquid cellulosic ethanol plant are expected to be in the mid double-digit million range.
Carbon Neutral Feedstock
At full capacity, the new plant will process approximately 250.000 tons of wheat straw and other cereal straw annually, which will be sourced from local farmers. Co-products from the process will be used for the generation of renewable energy with the goal of making the plant independent from fossil energy sources. Therefore, the resulting cellulosic ethanol is an almost carbon neutral advanced biofuel.