Canada's Enerkem to research waste-to-biofuel catalytic processes

14 May 2013 17:11  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Canadian biofuels producer Enerkem said on Tuesday that it has launched a research project with the county’s government to develop new catalytic processes to convert wastes into renewable fuels.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is contributing Canadian dollars (CAD) 1.1m ($1.1m, €847,000) to the research project, which uses Enerkem’s technology to produce a chemical-grade synthesis gas that serves as an intermediate in the production of renewable fuels and chemicals.

“These ‘drop-in’ biofuels are fully interchangeable with hydrocarbon fuels, such as conventional gasoline, diesel and jet fuel,” Enerkem said.

The project will be conducted at Enerkem’s research and development pilot facility in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in collaboration with the University of Sherbrooke.

“Enerkem’s core business is the commercial production of cellulosic ethanol, and we now intend to take advantage of our flexible technology platform to gradually expand our line of biofuels and chemical products,” CEO Vincent Chornet said. “This research project is part of our growth strategy and demonstrates our commitment towards innovation and a greener economy.”

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($1 = CAD 1.01, $1 = €0.77)

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