Canada’s Enerkem starts up cellulosic ethanol demo plant in Quebec

07 June 2012 16:59  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Enerkem has begun producing cellulosic ethanol at a demonstration plant in Quebec, the Canadian biofuels and chemicals firm said on Thursday.

The plant at Westbury, east of Montreal, uses waste materials as feedstock.

“[The plant] 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,” company CEO Vincent Chornet said.

Enerkem has a thermochemical technology to convert municipal solid wastes - textiles, plastics, fibres, wood and other waste materials - into chemical-grade syngas to make methanol, ethanol and other chemical intermediates.

Enerkem said it built the Westbury plant with help from the Quebec provincial and the Canadian federal governments, but it did not disclose financial details.

Check out Doris de Guzman’s Green Chemicals Blog for views on sustainability issues

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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