Enerkem has launched a new research project with the Canadian government
to develop new catalytic processes for the conversion of waste
into "drop-in" biofuels, the company said on
These "drop-in" biofuels are fully interchangeable
with hydrocarbon fuels, such as conventional
gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
"Enerkem's core business is the commercial production of
cellulosic ethanol, and we now intend to take
advantage of our flexible technology platform to gradually
expand our line of biofuels and chemical products,"
said Vincent Chornet, CEO of Enerkem.
"This research project is part of our growth
strategy and demonstrates our commitment towards innovation and
a greener economy," he added.
The government of Canada is contributing $1.1 million to
this project via Natural Resources Canada.
"Through the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative, our government is
investing in innovative clean energy technologies that create
jobs, generate new economic opportunities and protect the environment," said Joe Oliver,
Canada's Minister of Natural Resources. "This program
demonstrates our tangible support for energy projects that
drive energy innovation."
Enerkem's technology produces a chemical-grade
synthesis gas that serves as a key intermediate for the
production of renewable fuels and chemicals.
This R&D project will be conducted at
Enerkem's research and development pilot facility in
Sherbrooke, Quebec, in collaboration with the University of