Clariant Launches Biofuel of the Future
Release Date: 20 July 2012
Clariant, the Swiss specialty chemicals company, inaugurated Germany's biggest pilot plant for the production of climate-friendly cellulose ethanol from agricultural waste. Located in Straubing, Bavaria and sponsored to the tune of €28 million by the Bavarian government and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the futuristic project will produce up to 1,000 tonnes of cellulose ethanol from around 4,500 tonnes of wheat straw based on the sunliquid® technology developed by Clariant. Studies have shown that Germany potentially has around 22 million tonnes of straw that could be used for energy production without compromising essential soil regeneration. . This would be sufficient to cover around 25% of Germany's current gasoline requirements. Available footage includes various shots of the new Straubing plant with various production stages.