Enerkem Starts Commercial Production of Cellulosic Ethanol Canada Biofuels Facility

By Waste360 Staff.

Biofuels and renewable chemicals producer Enerkem Inc. has started the commercial production of cellulosic ethanol at its biofuels facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The facility is the first commercial-scale plant in the world to produce cellulosic ethanol made from non-recyclable, non-compostable mixed municipal solid waste.

Development of the plant started earlier this decade, and the first stage opened in 2014, allowing it produce methanol. Last year, the plant shut down briefly so construction of its final stage could be completed, enabling the methanol to be converted to ethanol.