Biofuels and Derivatives


Sustainable development of innovative technologies – The Group Biotechnology Center at Clariant

Clariant´s Group Biotechnology Center revolves entirely around industrial biotechnology. Focus is on progress and innovation based on the sustainable use of renewable resources.

Fossil resources are becoming scarcer and prices are rising. Politicians worldwide have set high targets in terms of environmental and climate protection. But: 95% of all industrially manufactured goods currently depend on the availability of oil. What does this mean? Only by developing sustainable solutions based on renewable resources can we reduce dependence on oil and at the same time assume responsibility for our environment and our fellow beings.

Clariant´s Group Biotechnology has set itself this goal – efficient and sparing use of natural resources in order to create more quality of life for humans and the environment. We see sustainability as all-embracing – ecological, economical und social.


Our scientists make use of both their biotechnological expertise and the many years of experience in the chemical industry. Building on our 4 technology platforms catalysis, process technology, chemistry & materials and biotechnology, we can offer our customers one-stop system solutions for sustainable resources. 

  • sunliquid®

    Agricultural residues efficiently converted into cellulosic ethanol – think ahead, think sunliquid®.

Our technologies and products

We create solutions for biocatalysis and biorefining.

Our innovative focus is on energy and resource-efficient development and production of bio-based chemicals and fuels.

Biorefineries process biomass to produce a wide variety of products. The biorefinery concept promotes sustainable and high-value use of biomass. Using optimized biocatalysts, renewable feedstock undergoes selective and high-yield conversion into products such as fuel or basic chemicals.

We develop highly-specific biocatalysts based on biotechnological processes. These enzymes are highly optimized to the required process and reaction conditions. Using our in-house high-throughput screening unit, we can also carry out fast and efficient selection of suitable organisms, as well as quickly optimizing strains in line with new application requirements. Initial upscaling takes place in the pilot plant at our Munich-based research center.

We have a major strategic interest in developing such commercially competitive system solutions. By combining our core competencies of biocatalytic biomass conversion, chemistry & process technology, we generate innovative and profitable processes for manufacturing higher-quality products and by-products.

In recent years, we have for instance developed our sunliquid® process to produce cellulosic ethanol from renewable lignocellulosic feedstock, such as agricultural residue. This innovative and efficient process makes it possible to produce cellulosic ethanol with low CO2 emission levels (approx. 5 - 10% compared with fossil fuel) and creates no competition for food and feed resources. Find out more about our Sunliquid® process!

March 24, 2022
Clariant joins the Renewable Carbon Initiative
March 24, 2022

Clariant today announced that it has joined the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI). The aim of the RCI is to support and accelerate the transition from the use of fossil carbon to the use of renewable carbon in the chemical industry. Switching to renewable carbon sources prevents additional fossil carbon entering the atmosphere and thus addresses a core problem of climate change.

October 15, 2021
Clariant completes construction of first commercial sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol plant in Podari, Romania
October 15, 2021

Clariant today announced the official completion of its sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol plant in Podari, Romania. The completed construction is an important next step for the commercial deployment of sunliquid® technology and thus supports Clariant’s sunliquid® licensing business strategy. The facility will be operational in the fourth quarter, producing cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues. 

April 19, 2021
Clariant collaborates with Indonesia's Pertamina in advanced biofuels assessment
April 19, 2021
Clariant, a focused, sustainable, and innovative specialty chemical company, is working with Indonesia's state-owned oil and gas corporation, Pertamina, since 2018 to evaluate and test the feasibility of Clariant's sunliquid technology to process available regional feedstocks in Indonesia into the advanced biofuel, cellulosic ethanol. more
Aix-en-Provence France
Oleofuels Conference 2022
May 18, 2022 - May 19, 2022
Oleofuels 2022 will bring together senior representatives from the biodiesel, renewable diesel and HVO industries to discuss the latest market advancements, developments & business opportunities.  more
Munich Germany
International Sustainable Economy Forum 2022
June 27, 2022 - June 28, 2022
The current transition of our economy from fossil-based to sustainable resources and mild conversion processes is a global challenge and, in order to succeed, requires our joint collaboration. In 2022, the ​“International Sustainable Economy Forum” – short ISEF – will be brought to life with the aim to create an unprecedented platform that enables the crucial exchange to jointly address this transition.   more