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Clariant and Enviral announce first license agreement on sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol technology

Clariant’s pre-commercial plant in Straubing

Muttenz, September 18, 2017 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, and Enviral, the largest producer of bioethanol in Slovakia, today announced that they have signed a license agreement on sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol technology.

Enviral has acquired a license to use Clariant’s sunliquid technology as part of its goal to realize a full scale commercial cellulosic ethanol plant for the commercial production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues. This new plant will be owned and operated by Enviral and is planned to be integrated into the existing facilities at Enviral’s Leopoldov site in Slovakia with an annual production capacity of 50,000 tons. It will use Clariant’s sunliquid technology as well as starter cultures from its proprietary enzyme and yeast platforms to process Enviral feedstock into cellulosic ethanol.

Christian Kohlpaintner, Member of the Executive Committee at Clariant: “We are excited to announce this first license deal for our sunliquid technology. It marks our official entrance into the market and the successful commercialization of this highly innovative and sustainable technology. This step comes as a logical consequence 0f Clariant’s successful innovation strategy and will provide additional growth above and beyond Clariant’s current strong portfolio. Cellulosic ethanol has significant potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and we are proud in making it a reality.”

 

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