26 Jun '13, 8am

Clariant reaches milestone in manufacture of second-generation bioethanol

Following the opening of Germany’s largest demonstration plant for manufacturing ethanol from agricultural residues in July 2012, the company now has new findings, which show that corn stover, the most valuable raw material in North America, and sugarcane bagasse, a cellulose-rich by-product of sugar and ethanol production in Latin America and Asia, can also be converted efficiently in the process. European wheat straw has primarily been used to date, and has delivered good results that have even exceeded the expectations of the process developers in some aspects, the company said. “Expanding the technology to other raw materials represents an important milestone in the commercialization of our sunliquid process, extending it far beyond European borders,” explains Dr. Hariolf Kottmann, CEO of Clariant . “In doing so, we are demonstrating that the process is flexible for di...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyfocus.com/view/33125/clariant-r...

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