Clariant signs joint biofuel research agreement with ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group

Swiss chemicals firm Clariant has signed a joint biofuel research agreement with American gas and oil titan ExxonMobil, and the Renewable Energy Group (REG)

Clariant specialises in providing integrated technologies and solutions for the conversion of agricultural waste into fuel, with its high-yield sunliquid process using no chemicals in the process.

The agreement will see joint evaluations into the prospective use of cellulosic sugars procured from agricultural waste and residues to produce biofuel.

With the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, biofuel is a particularly keen area of interest for fuel companies seeking to mitigate the size of their carbon footprints.

“We are committed to innovation and R&D, together with a focus on sustainability, as main pillars of Clariant’s strategy,” said Christian Kohlpaintner, Member of Clariant's Executive Committee, in the joint press release. 

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“Our sunliquid® technology platform is a key outcome of this commitment. We are proud that two strong allies in the biofuels industry have selected Clariant as their partner and are excited to work with them on further leveraging this unique technology for converting cellulosic biomass to fuels and chemicals, including biodiesel.”

Vijay Swarup, VP of Research and Development at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, added:

“Over the past three years, our work with REG has led to important advances in genetically improving REG’s proprietary microbes for a beneficial use in facilitating the conversion of cellulosic sugars into biodiesel.” 

“Applying Clariant’s expertise and knowledge will help us better understand and advance a key stage in the overall cellulosic conversion process, and hopefully lead to the development of scalable biodiesel technology.”

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