Canada-based biofuel and biochemical producer Enerkem said today it received environmental approval to build a commercial facility to turn municipal waste into biofuels.
The C$70m (£39m) plant will be a joint effort with Toronto-based GreenField Ethanol, Canada's leading ethanol producer, and is the first of its type in North America..
"This unprecedented project is set to change the dynamics of the waste and fuel industries by making waste that would otherwise be landfilled a resource for transportation fuels,' said Vincent Chornet, chief executive of Enerkem.
The plant will work by using the waste to create synthetic gas. Then catalysts will be used to convert the gas into ethanol, methanol, diesel or a variety of high-value biochemicals, such as acetic acid or acetate.
In 2008, Enerkem entered into a 25-year agreement with the City of Edmonton to build and operate a waste-to-biofuels facility on municipal land and to receive ...