Project aims and fields of work

The main objective of the LIGNOFLAG project is to demonstrate a full-scale commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues using Clariant’s sunliquid® technology. The new plant, with an annual production capacity of up to 60,000 tons, will be built in the southwestern part of Romania. The facility will be a flagship site, confirming competitiveness and sustainability of the sunliquid® technology at commercial scale.

At full capacity, the new plant will process up to 300,000 tons of cereal straw (e.g. wheat straw) annually, which will be sourced from local farmers. Co-products from the process like lignin will be used to generate renewable energy with the goal of making the plant independent from fossil energy sources. The other coproduct vinasse can be used as a fertilizer and brought back to the field, thus providing a tangible example of a circular economy. The cellulosic ethanol produced in the plant will therefore be an almost carbon neutral advanced biofuel.

The specific objectives of the LIGNOFLAG project are:

  • Proof of competitiveness and sustainability of the sunliquid® technology at commercial-scale
  • Mobilization of currently underutilized agricultural residues
  • Establishment of an energy-self-sufficient, highly sustainable production process by using co-products for renewable energy production and soil fertilization
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Boost of local economies and creation of additional business opportunities
  • Creation of green jobs, especially in rural areas
  • Creation of a sustainable and competitive source of domestic renewable energy for the EU
  • Support of the transformation from a fossil-based economy to a bio-based, circular economy
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