Biofuels from waste
The most common use of ethanol as a fuel is in mixtures of motor gasoline. Ethanol is blended with gasoline to produce a fuel which has environmental advantages when compared with gasoline and can be used in gasoline-powered vehicles manufactured since the 1980s. Most gasoline-powered vehicles can run on a blend consisting of gasoline and up to 10 percent ethanol, which is available at some regular service stations
Renewable ethanol provides an alternative fuel source that can gradually replace petroleum in the global fuel pool, and positively impact today’s most pressing energy and environmental issues. The rising requirements for minimizing carbon emissions from gasoline in the automotive & transportation industry is likely to boost the usage of ethanol as a bio-based additive over the next couple of years.
Enerkem’s ethanol is a renewable, non-toxic, water-soluble, highly biodegradable and clean-burning fuel, used as a high octane oxygenate in gasoline.
In 2017, Enerkem was the first-ever company to commercially produce ethanol from waste, following the installation of a methanol-to-ethanol conversion unit on its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels facility in Edmonton, Alberta.
Enerkem has received approval from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to sell cellulosic ethanol produced under the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).