Biotech & Bio-based Chemicals
Sustainable development of innovative technologies – The Group Biotechnolgy Center at Clariant
Clariant´s Group Biotechnolgy 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.
Dr. Martin Vollmer
Dr. Markus Rarbach
Biorefinery at Clariant
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 optimised 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 centre.
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!
September 12, 2018
Muttenz, September 12, 2018 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, today officially started construction of the first large-scale commercial sunliquid plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol made from agricultural residues. At the flagship facility, the sunliquid technology developed by the company is being used on an industrial scale for the first time. The occasion was marked with a traditional groundbreaking ceremony in Podari near Craiova in southwestern Romania, which was attended by official representatives of the Romanian government, the Swiss Ambassador Urs Herren, and a Clariant representation headed by Christian Kohlpaintner, Member of the Executive Committee. more
October 31, 2017
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, today announced the approval by the Board of Directors to invest in a new full-scale commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues using its sunliquid® technology. The new plant, with an annual production capacity of 50.000 tons, will be built in the southwestern part of Romania. The facility will be a flagship site, confirming competitiveness and sustainability of the sunliquid® technology at commercial scale thus supporting Clariant's sunliquid® licensing business strategy. more
September 18, 2017
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. more
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