|The energy industry is currently undergoing a paradigm shift. More and more economies are looking at possibilities to substitute fossil resources by renewable feedstocks, both to secure energy supply and to increase sustainability. The transport sector in particular will continue to be largely dependent on liquid energy sources. Advanced biofuels from agricultural residues are the preferred way to reach renewable substitution goals in the short to medium term. Clariant’s sunliquid® technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol contributes innovative solutions to these challenges by providing a thorough and entirely integrated process design package and innovative technology features offering in effect a one-stop-shop solution. Clariant’s technology is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for example corn stover in North America, bagasse in South America or wheat straw in Europe and can be adapted to various plant concepts. The production cost can compete with those of first-generation bioethanol and the greenhouse gas savings of the sunliquid® ethanol are up to 95% compared to fossil fuels. Since the sunliquid® utilizes agricultural residues, it is not affected by fuel-versus-food-debate. In addition, sunliquid® paves the way to a second generation sugar platform for the production of biobased chemicals. |
Realization on an industrial scale is no longer merely a dream. Since July 2012 Clariant has successfully been operating a demonstration plant in Straubing, Germany, with an annual capacity up to 1,000 tons, converting approximately 4,500 tons of lignocellulosic feedstock per year.
|Food Ingredients provide an attractive opportunity for profitable growth in emerging markets. Clariant is already selling artificial sweeteners, preservatives and fibers into the booming food industry in Latin America, especially for bakery and diary products. |
Clariant will develop and market new solutions for the food industry by forward integration in the food value chain. Premixes of food ingredients allow to offer enhanced benefits to food manufactures and consumers by a combination of functionalities and health claims.
|Electronic Materials / Conductive Inks |
|Clariant develops and sells conductive inks based on nano-Silver formulations for inkjet and other printing technologies. Clariant silver inks, Prelect®, address the need for cost efficient, high performance solutions for the emerging printed electronic markets such as displays, photovoltaics, touch screens or electronics. |
|The fundamental components of modern rechargeable batteries are based on materials which provide superior electrochemical performance and enhanced safety and affordability. The combination of these critical properties meets the clean energy and mobility needs of today.|
Cathode material made from Lithium Iron Phosphate, LiFePO4, or for short LFP, are the only inherently safe cathode materials discovered to date and are known as Life Power®. These materials deliver superior performance, safety and cycle-life in all energy storage applications. The unique safety performance is a result of the high stability of Lithium Iron Phosphate in discharged as well as in charged form. Excessive heating during battery use and even spontaneous ignition, which was observed in rare cases with conventional Lithium Ion materials, can be excluded. This can be translated to lower system cost with less demand on the energy management systems in the final product.
In particular, LFP is emerging as the preferred cathode material for batteries for electro-mobility due to its intrinsic safety, high power, and fast-charging capability. For stationary applications, batteries based on LFP can provide the storage needed to manage the variable power generation of renewable sources such as wind and solar energy. Besides safety, long-life is a key demand from the market.
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