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Enerkem gets $3.5M for final phase of Edmonton biofuel plant

Federal Western Innovation Initiative funding will help turn the city's garbage into energy.


EDMONTON — Enerkem Alberta Biofuels is getting $3.5 million in federal funding through the Western Innovation Initiative to build the final phase of a facility that converts municipal waste into fuel.

The plant, the first of its kind to convert non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste into liquid biofuels and chemicals, will contribute to Edmonton’s diversion goal of up to 90% of household waste from landfill.

This commercial-scale facility has the capacity to process 100,000 metric tons of solid waste annually, which includes items such as textiles, non-recyclable plastics, or soiled food containers, to produce over 40 million litres of fuel-grade, cellulosic ethanol.

The support from Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative has allowed Enerkem to complete earlier this year the installation of a methanol-to-ethanol conversion unit at our world-class waste-to-biofuel facility, a major cornerstone in helping decarbonize the planet and in setting a new standard in waste management and sustainable biofuels,” said Vincent Chornet, co-founder, president and CEO of Enerkem Inc., a clean tech company based in Montreal. Enerkem Alberta Biofuels is a subsidiary.

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