Enerkem Opens Waste-to-Energy unit in Alberta

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

June 6, 2014

1 Min Read
Enerkem Opens Waste-to-Energy unit in Alberta

Enerkem Inc. has opened a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facility in Edmonton, Alberta.

The facility, operated by a subsidiary of Montreal-based Enerkem, Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, is the company’s first full-scale municipal waste-to-energy (WTE) unit and one of the first commercial facilities built to produce renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels, the company said in a news release.

The unit is a collaboration between Enerkem, the city of Edmonton and the governmental arm Albert Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions. The facility has the capacity to produce up to 38 million liters (10 million gallons) annually. It will allow the city to increase its waste diversion rate to 90 percent, and generate economic spending of about $65 million (Canadian) annually, or $60 million U.S.

Biomethanol production will progress during start-up, and Enerkem will add a module converting it into advanced ethanol by the end of 2015.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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