Swiss Clariant to inaugurate Germany bioethanol plant in July

22 June 2012 14:12  [Source: ICIS news]

MUNICH (ICIS)--Clariant will inaugurate a new bioethanol demonstration plant in the Bavarian town of Straubing, Germany, the Swiss specialty chemicals maker’s CEO said on Friday.

The plant will produce around 1,000 tonnes/year of cellulosic ethanol, a second-generation biofuel, using locally sourced straw as a feedstock.

This represents the interim stage necessary prior to erecting production plants with annual capacities of between 50,000-150,000 tonnes of ethanol, Clariant said.

German speciality chemicals firm Sud-Chemie, which was bought by Clariant, intends to license out this technology for construction of the first production plants in 2013/2014.

Bioethanol consists of ethanol obtained from plant-based raw materials and can be either blended with fuel for spark-ignition engines or used as pure ethanol. Most of the bioethanol consumed today comprises first-generation bioethanol, which has failed to gain widespread acceptance, with its competition for land with food and feed resources being the main point of contention.

However, Clariant said cellulosic ethanol, made from material containing lignocellulose, mainly found in agricultural residue, such as cereal straw or corn stover and bagasse obtained from sugar cane, can be an alternative as the use of non-edible materials avoids competition with food and feed resources.

By: Franco Capaldo
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