Team Gemini Proudly Recognizes Clariant for their Invaluable Contributions to Sustainable Bio-Fuels and -Chemicals Technologies
Offering methodologies to produce fuels and chemicals in energy- and resource-efficient ways, Clariant’s sunliquid® process was recently awarded a prestigious German innovation prize.
Team Gemini collaborates with industry innovators like Clariant to provide relief for communities and industries facing challenges with fuel and energy production. As one of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies, Clariant contributes to value creation with innovative and sustainable solutions for customers from many industries. Their research and development is focused on addressing the key trends of our time, including energy efficiency, renewable raw materials, emission-free mobility, and conserving finite resources.
One potent example is the company’s sunliquid® process, which was recently awarded as part of the 2015 German Innovation Prize for Climate and Environment. The biotechnological process was awarded first place in the Process Innovations category and thus prevailed against 14 competitors.
The sunliquid® process developed by Clariant meets all the requirements of a technically and economically efficient, innovative process for converting agricultural residues into climate-friendly biofuel. Using process-integrated enzyme production, optimized enzymes, simultaneous conversion of cellulose and hemicellulose into ethanol and an energy-efficient process design, it has been possible to overcome technological challenges and sufficiently reduce production costs in order to arrive at a commercially viable basis.
Biofuels and bio-based chemicals made from agricultural residues such as wheat straw are produced sustainably and economically using this process without competing with food or feed production.
“We’re always looking for innovative, modular process designs that can satisfy different sustainability needs for industries around the globe,” remarks Richard Haugner, Chief Technical Officer at Team Gemini. “To satisfy the high fuel demand of the transportation sector alone, technologies like sunliquid® provide meaningful solutions on which we can build.” As the environmental and other costs of fuels increase, businesses who require intensive use of this resource can greatly improve their bottom line by implementing more effective fuel production and resource treatment solutions. Modular Clariant plants that feature a small footprint and minimal maintenance needs offer ideal solutions.