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Enerkem’s patented technology chemically recycles the biogenic and non-biogenic carbon contained in non-recyclable waste and residues. In less than 5 minutes, our exclusive waste conversion process first transforms this carbon into a pure synthesis gas (also called syngas), which is then converted into biofuels and renewable chemicals, using commercially available catalysts.
The chemical recycling of what would otherwise be wasted carbon represents a sustainable alternative to conventional waste management practices and promotes a circular economy:
|What is the technology used?||Exclusive thermochemical process that converts non-recyclable and non-compostable waste into biofuels and biochemical||Incineration process that could generate electricity and heat||In some cases, landfills are equipped with a biogas capture system|
|What is the end result?||Carbon contained in waste is recuperated and converted into biofuels — used to fuel our vehicles, or to create greener everyday products||Carbon is combusted, generating a small amount of electricity and heat||Carbon is lost, as it is buried in the ground|
|What are the impacts on Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG)?||The exclusive technology recuperates and recycles carbon thereby avoiding emissions from landfills and incineration plants.||GHG and other harmful gases are emitted despite a small amount of electricity and heat can be produced||Methane gas is released, a potent GHG|
Enerkem’s waste conversion process also uses non-recyclable municipal solid waste instead of fossil fuels to produce the lowest-cost liquid transportation fuels and chemicals relative to traditional production methods.