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Sherbrooke, Quebec (Canada)

Sherbrooke Pilot Plant - Enerkem

Type: Pilot Plant and research center

In Operation: 2003

Comments: Over 4,500 hours of operations


Enerkem has been operating its pilot plant in Sherbrooke, Quebec since 2003. This pilot plant produces small quantities of syngas, methanol, acetates and second-generation ethanol. It is equipped with various sampling ports for data collection. It is well instrumented and automated for testing and reporting.


It can feed solid materials, slurries, and liquids. To date, over 25 different types of feedstocks have been used to test and validate the technology, and for engineering design purposes. These feedstocks include municipal solid waste, wood chips, treated wood, sludge, petcoke, spent plastics and wheat straw. Enerkem works in close relationship with the University of Sherbrooke.