Reducing dependency on fossil fuels and promoting local fuel production
In the face of climate change and dwindling reserves of fossil fuels, the search is on for environmentally compatible alternatives. Automotive sector consumes around 50% of the world’s crude oil production. With sunliquid®, Clariant has developed a process to produce cellulosic ethanol that is a second-generation biofuel distinguished by a first class climate balance.
ChallengeA WELL-KNOWN DILEMMA FOR ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: GROWING CROPS FOR FOOD OR FOR FUEL?
Already existing biofuels have been produced from canola, corn or cereals – edible plants, rising the discussion concerning food or fuel resp. competition for arable land. To-date the manufacture of biofuels from non-edible biomass such as straw has been very costly due to expensive enzymes needed and energy-intensive processes.
ENERGY SELF-SUFFICIENT PROCESS CREATES »GREEN JOBS« AND REDUCES DEPENDENCIES ON FOSSIL FUELS
Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by 95% compared to fossil fuels.
Produces 50% more ethanol than previous processes and is able to convert all types of sugar simultaneously.
No additional energy is needed. The entire process energy originates from the lignin obtained as residue in the biomass.
Minimizing procurement outlays and making the overall process more cost efficient.
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