Projects and partnerships
Partnering with municipalities, waste management and petrochemical groups globally
Enerkem is open to partnerships with industry leaders to implement facilities that utilize municipal solid waste to produce clean fuels and renewable chemicals. In addition to licensing its technology, Enerkem provides fully fabricated modular equipment and handles assembly on site.
Several Enerkem biorefineries are now in development around the world, based on the company’s modular and standardized manufacturing approach. This includes a series of publicly announced projects in North America and globally. Some of Enerkem’s current partnerships are summarized below.
Enerkem Alberta Biofuels: a visionary partnership that sets a new global standard in waste management, biofuels and chemicals.
Enerkem recently started operating Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, its first full-scale commercial facility. Enerkem, through its affiliate Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, has a 25-year agreement with the City of Edmonton to build and operate a plant that produces and sells advanced biofuels from non-recyclable and non compostable municipal solid waste (i.e. garbage). 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 (Canada), which will help the City of Edmonton increase its waste diversion rate from 60% to 90%.
In October 2014, Enerkem announced agreements with industrial partners in China to develop project partnerships to jointly build municipal solid waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facilities. As part of these project partnerships, Enerkem will license its exclusive technology to convert local urban waste in China into biofuels and chemicals.
In November 2014, Enerkem signed an agreement with AkzoNobel, a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, to develop a project partnership to explore the development of waste-to-chemicals facilities in Europe.
VANERCO, a 50/50 joint venture formed by Enerkem and GreenField Specialty Alcohols to build Quebec’s first full-scale cellulosic ethanol facility.
The VANERCO commercial facility will be one of the first integrations between an existing, first generation ethanol plant and a new cellulosic ethanol plant. VANERCO will use Enerkem’s exclusive technology to produce cellulosic ethanol from non-recyclable waste from institutional, commercial and industrial sectors as well as construction and demolition debris.
The VANERCO facility will be located on the site of GreenField’s current first-generation ethanol facility. Site preparation has started. Construction should begin in 2016.
“We are pleased to partner with Enerkem and integrate their technology to build Québec’s first full-scale commercial cellulosic ethanol plant. The use of waste materials, that is made possible with Enerkem's technology, complements GreenField’s R&D efforts with other types of biomass.” Jean Roberge, General Manager, GreenField Québec