Canada: Cellulosic Ethanol Enerkem Transforms Garbage into Ethanol

Editor: Alexander Stark

Enerkem has started the commercial production of cellulosic ethanol at its facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The facility is the first commercial-scale plant in the world to produce cellulosic ethanol made from non-recyclable, non-compostable mixed municipal solid waste.

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Enerkem produces biofuels and renewable chemicals from waste.
Enerkem produces biofuels and renewable chemicals from waste.
(Source: CNW Group/Enerkem Inc)

Montréal/Canada — The company has been producing and selling biomethanol since 2016, prior to expanding production to include cellulosic ethanol with the installation of its methanol-to-ethanol conversion unit earlier this year.

This growing global market is expected to reach 124 billion liters per year by 2030 according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. "We will now progressively increase production in Edmonton, while preparing to build the next Enerkem facilities locally and around the world," says Vincent Chornet, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enerkem.

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