Clariant Opens Ethanol Facility | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 90 Issue 31 | p. 20 | Concentrates
Issue Date: July 30, 2012

Clariant Opens Ethanol Facility

Department: Business
Keywords: cellulosic ethanol, Germany, enzymes, fermentation
Clariant’s cellulosic ethanol facility in Germany.
Credit: Clariant
A photo of the inside of a chemical plant. Pipes and valves abound in silver and blue, and two large tanks are set into the floor.
Clariant’s cellulosic ethanol facility in Germany.
Credit: Clariant

The Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant has started up a demonstration plant for producing cellulosic ethanol from agricultural waste in Straubing, Germany. The $34 million facility can produce up to 1,000 metric tons of ethanol per year from 4,500 metric tons of wheat straw. It will test the firm’s Sunliquid process, which features enzymes tuned to break down specific feedstocks and fermentation of sugars to generate ethanol. Clariant plans to license the technology, which it has been developing since 2006, rather than build its own commercial ethanol plants.

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