Clariant Licenses New Bulgarian Facility to Produce Sunliquid® Cellulosic Ethanol

Muttenz, CH ( July 27, 2020) – Clariant, a specialty chemical company, and Eta Bio, a company of the Pavlovi family running a leading business in the agricultural sector in Bulgaria, announced they have signed a license agreement for the sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol technology.

Eta Bio was established for the purpose of constructing, owning, and operating a full-scale commercial plant to produce cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues.

The new company will develop the project at a greenfield site in General Toshevo, the northeastern region of Bulgaria, on land owned by the Pavlovi family.

For Clariant, based in Muttenz, Switzerland, this is its fourth license agreement for its sustainable sunliquid® technology and represents another big step toward its commercialization.

The new facility in Bulgaria is projected to produce 50,000 tons of cellulosic ethanol annually from about 250,000 tons of wheat straw, which is an abundant resource in the region.

“Our sunliquid® technology is trendsetting for the development of sustainable and advanced biofuels, and the continued success strongly demonstrates that our technology meets the market needs for sustainable solutions and gives us a competitive edge,” said Hans Bohnen, Clariant’s Chief Operating Officer.

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