The ceremony will mark the groundbreaking for LIGNOFLAG, a new full-scale commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues. Located in Podari, in the southwestern part of Romania, it will be the most technologically advanced bioethanol plant in Romania.
The event sets an important milestone for the implementation of the LIGNOFLAG project, a first-of-a-kind commercial flagship facility for lignocellulosic feedstock to ethanol conversion. The new LIGNOFLAG plant receives funding from BBI JU under the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. It was one of the three flagship projects awarded under the call 2015 of the BBI JU. The plant, with an annual capacity of up to 60,000 tons of cellulosic ethanol, is being developed by Clariant, an industry leader in specialty chemicals.
The aim of the EU-funded project LIGNOFLAG is to optimize the efficiency and increase the production capacity of this plant to up to 60,000 tons of ethanol per year, as well as to ensure a highly sustainable production process that uses co-products for renewable energy production and soil fertilization. The project will also serve to showcase the techno-economic viability of an innovative biorefinery concept based on Clariant's technology.
LIGNOFLAG is supporting the EU in its efforts to reduce GHG emissions and thus accelerate the process of decarbonizing the transport sector. LIGNOFLAG is also expected to support the transformation from a fossil-based economy to a biobased, circular economy through creation of green jobs in an underdeveloped region of the country with high unemployment rates, especially in rural mobilisation of currently underutilised agricultural residues, boosts to local economies and creation of additional business opportunities, and creation of a sustainable and competitive source of domestic renewable energy for the EU.
Philippe Mengal, Executive Director of BBI JU, will participate and speak at the event.