Clariant, a renowned global chemical specialist, pioneered the sunliquid technology, and is already aiming to commercialise by deploying it on an industrial scale. On 12th September 2018, the company commenced with the construction of an innovative and one-of-its-kind plant for producing cellulosic ethanol through the use of sunliquid technology. The production of ethanol would be done by using agricultural residues and is projected to be a huge development for the global chemicals industry. The incorporation of the new project was done in a ceremony in Southwestern Romania, and a number of officials including a Swiss Ambassador, members of Romanian government, and executive committee members attended the ceremony.
Investment by Clariant
Clariant plans to invest funds worth of EUR 100 million to construct and run the sunliquid plant, as revealed by Christian Kohlpaintner, member of Clariant’s executive committee. He also stated that the company has conducted extensive research before planning to invest in this project that will not only cater to the European industry but would have a gloal outreach. Clariant believes that the industrial conversion of regions can come about with a project of this magnitude. The amount of wheat, cereal straw, and cellulosic ethanol that the plant plans to produce would make this plant the biggest industrial commitment in the region in recent times.
Testing and Viability
The viability of sunliquid technology can be vindicated if Clariant succeeds in running its new plant in Romania. Furthermore, global leaders in the field of chemical sciences would also get to learn their lessons in sunliquid technologies once the project kickstarts.