Volume 95 Issue 38 | p. 10 | News of The Week
Issue Date: September 25, 2017

Ethanol from trashy sources advances

Firms turn to garbage and wheat straw to make the fuel alcohol
Department: Business
Keywords: Biofuels, Enerkem, ethanol, waste-to-biofuels, Edmonton

Residents of Edmonton, Alberta, will soon be able to fuel their cars with household garbage, albeit indirectly. Enerkem says it is successfully producing ethanol from nonrecyclable or noncompostable trash at a nearby facility it first turned on back in 2014.

At Enerkem’s plant, trash is gasified and then converted to methanol using catalysts. A separate on-site process transforms the methanol to ethanol. The company plans to progressively increase ethanol production in Edmonton while it pursues . . .

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