Enerkem inaugurates Edmonton 38 MMly trash-to-biofuels facility
Enerkem Inc. held a grand opening for its commercial-scale trash-to-biofuels plant in Edmonton, Alberta, on June 4. Construction on the project began August 2010. Once the plant is fully operational, it will have a production capacity of up to 38 MMly (10 MMgy). Using presorted municipal solid waste, it will help the city of Edmonton divert 90 percent of its residential waste stream from the landfill.
“We are proud of the inauguration of our first full-scale biorefinery facility as it is the culmination of more than 10 years of disciplined efforts to scale up our technology from pilot and demonstration, to commercial scale,” said Vincent Chornet, president and CEO of Enerkem.
The Edmonton facility is the first of what the company hopes will be a string of commercial developments. As part of its Waste Management investor agreement, Enerkem may be developing up to 20 facilities in North America, Chornet said. With the first plant about to become operational, others have expressed interest. “Nobody wants to be first, but many are willing to be second,” he continued.