Clariant Overview and News
Because 2019 is officially the year of the Periodic Table, I don't see why not make an overview of one of the world's largest chemical corporations, Clariant.
Clariant is one of the examples of progressive strategic thinking. The world leaders are beginning to realize the importance of sustainable consumption of non-renewable resources, particularly, fossil fuels. Because of the social media impact, people all around the globe support environment-friendly manufacturers and create their own startups: they clean up piles of garbage with their bare hands, raise funds to deal with The Great Pacific Garbage Patch , and set goals like “Plant 8 Billion Trees”.
The entrepreneurs that feel the power of that movement are wise to support it with their business experience and Clariant is no exception. They do their best to bring the values of sustainability into the specialty chemicals industry.
The proof of this is their countless patents and sustainability reports, all available for download at the corresponding page of their site.
The array of products they offer includes catalysts, flame retardants, pigments, functional minerals, food industry chemicals, cosmetics, oil- and mining- related solutions and more. In a word, lots of chemical stuff.
Sunliquid® is the most recent development of the company. Mindless consumption of hydrocarbons causes global warming, that is not a secret. Mining and processing these resources damages the environment as well.
What Clariant proposed is nothing new. In fact, the idea to burn straw to generate heat and electricity is quite old and smart agricultural companies implement it. I remember reading about it about a decade ago in a Ukrainian newspaper: one farmer had powered and heated a small village with straw and cow poop making it fully energy-independent.
The point is how they burn it. Sunliquid® is rather a process of production, the output of which is cellulosic ethanol. It is produced from various agricultural residues, including straw, takes up less space (and thus is convenient to store) and is highly energy-efficient. No harmful chemicals are involved in the pre-treatment process.
On September 2018, Clariant stroke a deal with Romanian officials to construct its first ever sunliquid cellulosic ethanol plant near Craiova district.
Clariant invested 100 million euros in the construction to test out biofuel production on an industrial scale. Cellulosic sugars might themselves be used not only as fuel but as components in the production of various chemicals.
When the plant is ready, it will provide locals a total of about three hundred working places. They will undergo training at Clariant facilities in Planegg, Munich and Straubing, Bavaria.
Romania has not seen such a huge international project in years. The plant will process 250,000 tons of agricultural residue and produce 50,000 tons of cellulosic ethanol annually that is going to give the region a huge economic boost and certainly win Clariant a sympathy prize from Craiova inhabitants.