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
"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