Clariant forges strategic partnership with Chemtex in China for its sunliquid® technology


Sunliquid
  • Strategic partnership formed with Chemtex Global Corporation for second-generation (2G) biofuels projects in China
  • Clariant and Chemtex will collaborate to market and sell sunliquid® technology licenses, services and supplies for advanced biofuel plants in China
  • 2G biofuels will contribute to China’s environmental advancement and offer support to fulfill the national blending mandate

Shanghai, August 17, 2020–Clariant’s Business Line Biofuels and Derivatives announced on August 15 during a joint presentation at the 7th Asia-Pacific Biomass Utilization Summit in Guangzhou that a strategic partnership has been formed with Chemtex Global Corporation for the realization of second-generation biofuel projects. Under the partnership, the two parties will collaborate to market and sell Clariant’s sunliquid® technology licenses, as well as services and supplies for advanced biofuel plants in China.

As the largest passenger car market in the world, the environmental impact posed by transport greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has become a big challenge for the Chinese government. In 2017, the State Council of PRC endorsed a new strategic plan1 to further utilize bioethanol converted from agricultural residue as gasoline for motor vehicles. Under the nationwide blending mandate proposed, all gasoline used for motor vehicles will need to contain bioethanol as an additive. Clariant, with its innovative sunliquid® technology that offers an efficient process for converting agricultural residues into low-emission, carbon negative biofuel, is fully supporting the rollout of the mandate.

“China represents one of the key growth markets for Clariant. This strategic partnership with Chemtex is another milestone reached in our continued pursuit of the corporate goal of Adding Value with Sustainability,” says Christian Librera, Clariant’s Head of Business Line Biofuels and Derivatives. “It is also pivotal in further strengthening our position in the national 2G biofuels market by providing our customers a comprehensive solution for the development, construction, and commissioning of their commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants in China along the ‘green’ development path of the country.”

In addition to reducing GHG emissions by offering 2G biofuel that is climate-friendly, the sunliquid® process also makes great use of agricultural residues, which so far are mostly burned in the fields after harvesting to become a seasonal source of air pollution.

The combined offerings of Clariant and Chemtex will provide a comprehensive package of 2G ethanol technology licenses and Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) services, enabling customers in China to successfully design, build and operate their own full-scale plants. While Clariant will offer its sunliquid® technology licenses, technical services and the supply of starter cultures from its proprietary enzyme and yeast platform, Chemtex will be responsible for engineering, procurement and construction.

“As a global industrial solution provider in biofuels, Chemtex has over 40 years of experience in the Chinese market. Following the project with Anhui Guozhen signed at the beginning of this year, we’re delighted to collaborate with Clariant in this strategic partnership. Within this collaboration, both companies will join forces to support our potential customers in China with the development and EPC services of commercial plants for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues,” says Sean Ma, Chairman and CEO of Chemtex.

In January this year, the first license agreement for Clariant’s sunliquid® technology in China was signed between Clariant and its partners Chemtex and Anhui Guozhen, a local green energy company. Under the license agreement, a full-scale commercial plant with a 50,000-ton annual capacity for the production of cellulosic ethanol leveraging Clariant’s sunliquid® technology is planned to be built in Fuyang city in the Anhui province. Globally, there are three other license agreements for Clariant’s sunliquid® technology with renowned industry players in Slovakia, Poland and Bulgaria, besides the aforementioned agreement with Anhui Gouzhen and Chemtex.

 

1 “The Plan for  Expanding Biofuel Ethanol Production and Promoting Ethanol Usage in Motor Vehicles” was jointly published by 15 Chinese government departments that include the National Development and Reform Commission and National Energy Administration with endorsement by the State Council of People’s Republic of China.
 

 

Request to Clariant

Please enter your contact information so we are able to process your request. Thank you for your interest.

Fabienne Knecht
Fabienne Knecht
Corporate Sustainability Communications
Disclaimer:
This information corresponds to the present state of our knowledge and is intended as a general description of our products and their possible applications. Clariant makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the information’s accuracy, adequacy, sufficiency or freedom from defect and assumes no liability in connection with any use of this information. Any user of this product is responsible for determining the suitability of Clariant’s products for its particular application.<br />
<br />
* Nothing included in this information waives any of Clariant’s General Terms and Conditions of Sale, which control unless it agrees otherwise in writing. Any existing intellectual/industrial property rights must be observed. Due to possible changes in our products and applicable national and international regulations and laws, the status of our products could change. Material Safety Data Sheets providing safety precautions, that should be observed when handling or storing Clariant products, are available upon request and are provided in compliance with applicable law. You should obtain and review the applicable Material Safety Data Sheet information before handling any of these products. For additional information, please contact Clariant.<br />
<br />
* For sales to customers located within the United States and Canada the following applies in addition: No express or implied warranty is made of the merchantability, suitability, fitness for a particular purpose or otherwise of any product or service.<br />
<br />
© Trademark of Clariant registered in many countries.<br />
® 2019 Clariant International Ltd 

You are about to leave the Clariant domain

The link you activated will take you outside the Clariant site in about 10 seconds. If you want to stop this, press "Cancel".