03 Jun '11, 9am
Canadian Company Turns Garbage Into Fuel
The Edmonton plant is scheduled to be commissioned in 2012. The feedstock used to produce methanol and ethanol will be post-sorted Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), and it will have a capacity of 10 million gallons a year. Enerkem signed a 25-year agreement with the City of Edmonton to build and operate the plant, the first agreement in the world between a city and a biofuel producer to create ethanol from municipal solid waste. The City of Edmonton will supply the plant with a minimum of 100,000 tons of MSW a year. The plant was selected to receive $3.35 million from Alberta Energy and also received a $23 million grant from the Alberta government.