Feedstock: Post-sorted municipal solid waste (after recycling and composting)
Planned Product: Biomethanol, Ethanol
Expected Capacity: 38 million litres / 10 million gallons per year
The Enerkem Alberta Biofuels facility will help increase the City of Edmonton's waste diversion rate from 60% to 90%.
“Our collaboration on this project dates back ten years when our team worked with the City of Edmonton to select a technology that will turn municipal solid wastes into power or biofuels. The Enerkem thermochemical process has clear advantages over many others.’’
Dr. Eddy Isaacs, Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions
Enerkem, through its affiliate Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, has signed a 25-year agreement with the City of Edmonton to build and operate a plant that will produce and sell next-generation biofuels from non recyclable and non compostable municipal solid waste. This plant is the world's first major collaboration between a metropolitan centre and a waste-to-biofuels producer to turn municipal waste into methanol and ethanol.
The facility was officially inaugurated on June 4th, 2014 by Enerkem’s CEO, Vincent Chornet, Mayor Don Iveson from the City of Edmonton, and the Honourable Robin Campbell, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, and Government House Leader.
The start-up of the biorefinery follows a rigorous commissioning plan which is nearing completion. 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.
This game-changing facility is part of a comprehensive municipal waste-to-biofuels initiative in partnership with the City of Edmonton and Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions. It is by far one of the most significant development the waste and biorefinery sectors have seen yet. We are thrilled that it is becoming a model for many communities and industries around the world.