Enerkem begins ethanol production from waste at its demonstration facility in Westbury, Quebec
MONTREAL, June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals company, announced today the
initial production of cellulosic ethanol from waste materials at its
demonstration facility in Westbury, QuÃ©bec.
“The start of ethanol production at our Westbury facility is a
significant milestone”, said Vincent Chornet, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Enerkem. “Enerkem has already produced cellulosic
ethanol at its smaller scale pilot laboratory facility in Sherbrooke.
This new achievement in Westbury allows us to confirm the process
design of our proprietary methanol-to-ethanol technology for its
deployment at Enerkem’s full-scale commercial plants in Edmonton and
other locations. ”
The newly installed equipment for the conversion of Enerkem’s methanol
into cellulosic ethanol is now used in combination with the larger
methanol equipment already in operation at Westbury.
This pioneering facility was built in phases, in line with the three
main steps of Enerkem’s process, and was part of a comprehensive program to scale-up the company’s
proprietary technology. This technology has been developed and tested
during the past 11 years, at both the pilot laboratory facility in
Sherbrooke, QuÃ©bec, and the Westbury demonstration plant.
The primary purpose of the Westbury facility is to validate the
technology process design before full-scale commercial production, to
test various waste feedstocks coming from customers and partners, as
well as to continuously improve the technology. The construction of
the Westbury facility was supported by the QuÃ©bec Ministry of Natural
Resources and Wildlife as well as by Sustainable Development Technology
Enerkem develops biofuels and chemicals from waste. With its proprietary
thermochemical technology, Enerkem converts abundantly available
municipal solid waste (mixed textiles, plastics, fibers, wood and other
non-recyclable waste materials) into chemical-grade syngas, and then
methanol, ethanol and other chemical intermediates that form everyday
products. By using waste instead of fossil fuels, Enerkem addresses the
growing demand for renewable energy sources and chemicals, while
reducing landfill volumes and greenhouse gas emissions. Headquartered
in Montreal, Canada, the company currently operates both a pilot and a
commercial demonstration facility in QuÃ©bec, has its first
waste-to-biofuels full-scale commercial plant under construction in
Edmonton, Alberta, and is developing several similar facilities in the
U.S. and Canada that will convert municipal solid waste into biofuels
and chemicals. www.enerkem.com
SOURCE ENERKEM INC.