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Clariant and GETEC scoop dena Energy Efficiency Award 2019

In Germany, global specialty chemicals major Clariant AG and energy service provider GETEC group have won the highly prestigious Energy Efficiency Award from the German Energy Agency (dena) in the category "Concepts for increasing energy efficiency". Voted for by delegates attending the dena conference in Berlin, the award is for the duo's energy supply concept currently being developed at Clariant's flagship cellulosic ethanol biorefinery that is under construction in Podari, Romania.

Clariant and GETEC Group have won the highly prestigious Energy Efficiency Award 2019 from the German Energy Agency (dena) in the category “Concepts for increasing energy efficiency”. The prize was awarded for the efficient energy solution in a joint project in Podari, Romania, where Clariant is building a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefinery for which GETEC is providing the energy based on the residual lignin from Clariant’s sunliquid process (photo courtesy Clariant).

On November 25, 2019, GETEC Group CEO Thomas Wagner presented the concept on behalf of the project partners to approximately 500 decision-makers from politics and businesses attending this year’s dena conference in Berlin. In contrast to the other three award-winning categories, the vote was cast by the public via mobile phone.

The prize was awarded for the efficient energy solution in a joint project in Podari, Romania, where Clariant is building a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production plant. Making use of Clariant proprietary sunliquid process, the ethanol is produced from agricultural residues such as wheat straw.

GETEC uses the residual lignin from the production process to generate energy and supply Clariant’s entire production process with heat and electricity – in a sustainable, efficient and innovative way.

Our venture in Podari is a lighthouse project for the entire company. We are proud to build a cellulosic ethanol plant at the highest level, setting new standards for CO2 emissions. Together with GETEC, we will achieve a CO2-neutral steam and power supply for the plant, said Dr Markus Rarbach, Head of Business Line Biofuels and Derivatives at Clariant.

The lignin-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant is being developed by GETEC adjacent to Clariant’s cellulosic ethanol biorefinery on a build, own operate and maintain (BOOM) business model

The joint project is Waste2Value in its purest form. Tomorrow’s application-ready technology available today. Our mission is to support customers like Clariant on their way to zero-impact production. We are very excited about the award and the opportunity to raise attention for this great joint project and our solutions commented GETEC Group CEO Thomas Wagner.

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