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Enerkem: One man’s trash can be another man’s biofuel
Source : green.venturebeat.com
Enerkem, a Montreal-based company which specializes in converting garbage into biofuel, just broke ground on a new plant in Edmonton, Canada. According to the company, this is the world’s first plant of industrial size to use non-recyclable municipal waste, which would otherwise end up in landfill, to produce advanced biofuels. The resulting ethanol will be used to dilute the gasoline used to run cars and help meet the renewable fuels standards of the Canadian federal government and the province of Alberta which both call for a 5% ethanol content in gasoline. A conventional car can run on up to a 10% ethanol blend. The Edmonton plant can produce 10 million gallons a year, which is sufficient to fuel 400'000 cars on the ethanol-gasoline blend, and will convert 100'000 tonnes of municipal waste per year. The city has a target to divert 90% of residential waste from landfill by 2013. Largely through recycling, it currently diverts 60% of its waste. The plant should be operational in 2011.
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2 September 2010 |
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