Enerkem launches waste-to-biofuels facility
First commercial advanced biorefinery uses municipal solid waste to produce biofuels and chemicals.
The facility, operated by Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, is among the world’s first commercial facilities to be built for the production of renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels. Its construction created more than 600 direct and indirect jobs for the modular manufacturing of the facility’s systems and their on-site assembly.
The project is a collaboration between Enerkem, the City of Edmonton and Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions, and will produce up to 38 million litres per year and will help the City of Edmonton increase its residential waste diversion rate to 90%.
Biomethanol production will begin progressively during the start-up. A module converting the biomethanol into advanced ethanol will be added by the end of 2015.
Enerkem, based in Montreal, makes biofuels and renewable chemicals from waste. Its proprietary technology converts non-recyclable municipal solid waste into methanol, ethanol and other widely used chemical intermediates. It operates a demonstration plant and a pilot facility in Quebec