Clariant to help with fuel switch

May 8, 2018 by CaliforniaCarbon.info

(Source:Ecns) China’s push to further expand production and consumption of bioethanol this year in order to clean up the environment, while seeking more channels to consume corn and grain stockpiles, has created a huge biofuel market that is tempting global chemical companies.Clariant, a Swiss chemicals company, does not want to miss out.The chemical company is seeking Chinese partners to commercialize its technology named Sunliquid that converts agricultural residues such as cereal straw, into cellulosic ethanol for vehicles, a form of renewable energy that can be produced from crops such as corn and potatoes.The company’s interest in the Chinese market comes at a time when China is enhancing efforts to clean up the choking air, replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy.In September, the National Development and Reform Commission and the National Energy Administration decided to increase use of bioethanol gasoline by 2020, and to build a facility that will produce 50,000 tons of cellulosic ethanol a year.Read full article…

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