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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 Europe. Some of Enerkem’s current partnerships are summarized below.
Enerkem’s facility in Varennes will produce biomethanol and cellulosic ethanol by converting non-recyclable residual materials from the institutional, commercial and industrial sectors, as well as construction and demolition debris. The future facility will take into account the best practices and learnings following the construction and operation of the world’s first commercial facility, Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, located in Edmonton, Alberta.
The facility will be built in two phases. The first phase will allow the production and sale of biomethanol as soon as the facility is commissioned. The second phase will allow the conversion of biomethanol to cellulosic ethanol. Construction is scheduled to start in 2018.
In 2018, a consortium of companies comprising Air Liquide, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam has signed a project development agreement covering initial investments in an advanced waste-to-chemistry facility in Rotterdam. The facility will be the first of its kind in Europe to provide a sustainable alternative solution for non-recyclable wastes, converting waste plastics and other mixed wastes into new raw materials.
In 2018, Enerkem signed an agreement with Sinobioway Group worth over C$125M in the form of equity investment in Enerkem Inc., future licenses, equipment manufacturing and sales, as well as for the creation of a major joint venture to accelerate Enerkem’s global expansion and create a joint venture to build over 100 Enerkem state-of-the-art facilities in China by 2035.