Commercial flagship plant for bio-ethanol production involving a bio-based value chain built on lignocellulosic feedstock


  • Build and operate a commercial flagship production plant for biochemical lignocellulose conversion to cellulosic ethanol with a yearly production capacity of up to 60.000 tonnes/year.
  • Focus innovation on the whole value chain from raw material to product for successful market entry of lignocellulosic ethanol.
  • Implement a highly innovative technology based on Clariant’s patent portfolio.
  • Optimized and integrated use of coproducts for energy or materials enabling the replacement of fossil alternatives.
  • Shorten time to market and successfully penetrate market with 2nd generation bioethanol made in the EU.
  • Develop EU´s economy smart, sustainable and inclusive, especially in rural areas.
  • Produce cellulosic ethanol at large scale with maximum greenhouse gas emission savings and ensure to reach sustainable practice and usage of agricultural residues and co-products.
Expected impacts: 
  • Creation of a new biobased value chain for cellulosic ethanol production
  • Mobilization of a so far underutilized renewable feedstock
  • Boost to local economies through creation of green jobs, taxation and new business opportunities, predominantly in the agricultural and rural area.
  • Collaboration within and linking of the agricultural, logistics, energy and chemical sector.
  • Economic advantages and additional business opportunities for all actors along the supply chain, especially the agricultural sector
  • Proof of commercial production of cellulosic ethanol and thus creation of a new, competitive and sustainable source of domestic renewable energy for the EU.
  • Realizing the objectives of Horizon 2020 and other EU policies, by accelerating the implementation and deployment of cellulosic ethanol production plants in Europe.