Chemical recycling of carbon

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:

  Incineration Landfilling
What is the technology used?Exclusive thermochemical process that converts non-recyclable and non-compostable waste into biofuels and biochemicalIncineration process that could generate electricity and heatIn 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 productsCarbon is combusted, generating a small amount of electricity and heatCarbon 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 producedMethane 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.