MONTREAL, May 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and renewable chemicals company, announces the
launch of a new research project with the Government of Canada. The
objective of the project is to develop new catalytic processes for the
conversion of waste into "drop-in" biofuels. These "drop-in" biofuels
are fully interchangeable with hydrocarbon fuels, such as conventional
gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
"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," said Vincent Chornet, president and CEO of Enerkem. "This
research project is part of our growth strategy and demonstrates our
commitment towards innovation and a greener economy."
The Government of Canada is contributing $1.1 million to this project
via Natural Resources Canada: "Through the ecoENERGY Innovation
Initiative, our Government is investing in innovative clean energy
technologies that create jobs, generate new economic opportunities and
protect the environment," said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada's
Minister of Natural Resources. "This program demonstrates our tangible
support for energy projects that drive energy innovation."
Enerkem's technology produces a chemical-grade synthesis gas that serves
as a key intermediate for the production of renewable fuels and
chemicals. This R&D project will be conducted at Enerkem's research and
development pilot facility in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in collaboration with
the University of Sherbrooke.
Enerkem makes biofuels and renewable chemicals from waste. With its
proprietary technology, Enerkem converts non recyclable municipal solid
waste into methanol, ethanol and other widely used chemical
intermediates. Headquartered in Canada, Enerkem operates both a
demonstration plant and a pilot facility in Quebec. Enerkem is
currently building a full-scale waste-to-biofuels facility in Edmonton,
Alberta, and is developing similar facilities in North America and
globally. Enerkem's technology and facilities help diversify the energy
mix and make greener everyday products while offering an alternative to
SOURCE: ENERKEM INC.
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