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ENERKEM headquartered in Montreal, Canada develops renewable biofuels and chemicals from waste. Through the combination of a proprietary thermochemical technology platform and community-based advanced facilities, Enerkem addresses the challenges of oil dependence and waste disposal. Enerkem has validated its proprietary technology over a period of 10 years using solid waste from numerous municipalities and other types of feedstock. The company’s process and business model are designed to profitably produce cellulosic ethanol from a large municipal solid waste supply.
Enerkem’s patented technology chemically recycles the carbon molecules contained in non-recyclable waste (i.e. garbage). In less than 5 minutes, Enerkem’s process first converts these carbon molecules into a pure synthesis gas (also called syngas), which is then turned into biofuels and chemicals, using commercially available catalysts.
Since 2000, Enerkem has tested and validated a number of different feedstocks – from solid waste coming from several municipalities to dozens of other types of residues. In Enerkem’s system, these feedstocks are converted into methanol, ethanol or other renewable chemicals. In turn, methanol is a chemical building block for the production of secondary chemicals, such as olefins, acrylic acid, n-Propanol, and n-Butanol, which can then be used to form thousands of everyday products.
Enerkem’s exclusive process is environmentally sound. It requires relatively low temperatures and pressures, which reduces energy requirements and costs. Enerkem’s proprietary technology was rigorously scaled up from pilot to demonstration to commercial stage during an unprecedented period of 10 years of disciplined efforts.