China: Sustainable Fuel Production Harbin Hulan Sino-Dan Jianye Bio-Energy to Use Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology

Editor: Alexander Stark

Speciality chemical company Clariant has signed a license agreement with Harbin Hulan Sino-Dan Jianye Bio-Energy, a Chinese green energy company for its sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology.

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the signing ceremony took place virtually in Munich, Germany/ Harbin and Shanghai, China.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the signing ceremony took place virtually in Munich, Germany/ Harbin and Shanghai, China.
(Source: Clariant)

Muttenz/Switzerland — Harbin Hulan Sino-Dan Jianye Bio-Energy, a subsidiary of the Sino-Dan Jianye Group was formed in the early 2010s and has been involved in the second generation (2G) biofuels business and research for almost a decade making them one of the frontrunners in this field in China. The company has now signed a license agreement with Clariant for the use of their sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology.

The project development and 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, utilizing available land and existing infrastructure owned by the Sino-Dan Jianye Group. 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, making it one of the first 2G biofuel plants to be built in the Heilongjiang Province so far.

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The project is comprised of a license for a basic sunliquid engineering package, the provision of technical services, as well as the supply of starter cultures from Clariant’s proprietary enzyme and yeast platform to process Harbin Hulan Sino-Dan Jianye Bio-Energy’s feedstock into cellulosic ethanol. Detailed project evaluations and preparations for the engineering phase are well underway.

The produced cellulosic ethanol will be utilized in the Chinese regional fuels market as a gasoline additive, or as E85 (85 % ethanol content) gasoline substitute to fulfill the provincial blending mandate. Cellulosic ethanol is an advanced, truly sustainable, and carbon-neutral biofuel that can be readily blended into conventional fuel and can be used in today's car infrastructure.

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