Waste-to-biofuels and chemicals company Enerkem said
Thursday that it has begun initial production of cellulosic
ethanol from waste materials at its demonstration facility in
"The start of ethanol production at our Westbury facility is a
significant milestone", said Vincent Chornet, CEO of
"Enerkem has already produced cellulosic ethanol at its smaller-scale pilot
laboratory facility in Sherbrooke, he continued.
This new achievement in Westbury allows us to confirm
the process design of our proprietary methanol-to-ethanol technology for its
deployment at Enerkem's full-scale commercial plants in
Edmonton and other locations.
Enerkem, which converts garbage into gases that are
processed into ethanol and chemicals, is considering licensing
its technology, according to a
At the Westbury facility, the newly-installed equipment for
the conversion of methanol into cellulosic ethanol is now used
in combination with the larger methanol equipment already in
operation, the company said.
The pioneering facility was built in phases, the company
said, in line with the three main steps of Enerkem's process,
and was part of a comprehensive program to scale-up its
This technology has been developed and tested during the
past 11 years, at both the pilot laboratory facility in
Sherbrooke, Québec, and the Westbury demonstration
The primary purpose of the Westbury facility is to validate
the technology process design before full-scale commercial
production, to test various waste feedstocks coming from customers and
partners, as well as to continuously improve the technology, according to the
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