Enerkem Alberta Biofuels: a global game-changing facility!

The Enerkem Alberta Biofuels facility helps increase the City of Edmonton’s waste diversion rate from 60% to 90%.

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Enerkem Alberta Biofuels in Edmonton, Canada, is the world’s first major collaboration between a large city and a waste-to-biofuels producer to address waste disposal challenges and turn municipal solid waste into clean fuels and green chemicals, such as ethanol and methanol.

This game-changing facility is beginning operations to produce methanol from waste, and a module converting methanol into advanced ethanol is being added.

“We are proud that municipalities around the world are looking at the City of Edmonton and the Enerkem facility to see how they too can divert waste from landfill while producing clean fuels and chemicals through this innovative technology.” Mayor Don Iveson, City of Edmonton, Alberta

Enerkem Alberta Biofuels can become a model for communities around the world that are considering the circular economy and are looking for a sustainable way to manage waste.

The Enerkem Alberta Biofuels 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, and one of the first commercial advanced biorefineries in the world.

Enerkem Alberta Biofuels was officially inaugurated on June 4, 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.

“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 biofuels.” Dr. Eddy Isaacs, Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions

Type: commercial
Status: initiated production (biomethanol); commercial operations expected to begin in late 2015; ethanol module currently being added for production start in the second half of 2016
Feedstock: post-sorted municipal solid waste (after recycling and composting)
Products: methanol, ethanol
Capacity: 38 million litres / 10 million gallons per year

 

Enerkem Alberta Biofuels LP
Site 460, 13111 Meridian Street NE
Edmonton (AB) T6S 1G9 CANADA