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$1.8M to demonstrate waste-to-biofuel technology


June 17, 2010
by PLANT STAFF

Ethanol made from wood chips and debris.

Photo: Enerkem

MONTREAL: Enerkem Inc. is getting $1.8 million from Alberta’s Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp. (CCEMC) to conduct a market demonstration project for it’s waste-to-biofuel technology.

The not-for-profit CCEMC establishes or participates in funding for initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Enerkem’s project will convert targeted biomass-rich feedstocks  into biofuels to gauge the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction benefits. The project will also focus on the direct use of CO2 in dry reforming as part of the Montreal company’s synthetic gas conditioning process, and its incorporation in advanced chemicals.

The tests will be conducted at the Advanced Energy Research Facility (AERF) in Edmonton. The AERF pilot plant is a joint effort involving the Edmonton Waste Management Centre, Alberta Innovates—Energy and Environment Solutions and Enerkem.

If the demonstration is successful, the technologies and products will be implemented at Enerkem’s commercial biofuels facility in Edmonton

The CCEMC is a not-for-profit organization that establishes or participates in funding for initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support adaptation.

Enerkem’s thermo-chemical technology converts residual materials, such as non-recyclable municipal solid waste, into clean transportation fuels, advanced chemicals and electricity.

The company operates two plants in Canada: a pilot facility in Sherbrooke and a commercial-scale plant in Westbury, Que.

It will soon begin construction of a waste-to-biofuels plant in Edmonton, which has received $23 million from the province and Edmonton.

Enerkem was also awarded US$50 million in funding by the US Department of Energy to develop a similar project in Mississippi.
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