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Conversion to chemicals uses Canadian technology

Canadian waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer Enerkem has signed an agreement with AkzoNobel, a global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, to explore the development of waste-to-chemicals facilities in Europe.

Vincent Chornet, president and chief executive of Enerkem, said: “With our lower-cost alternative to incineration and landfilling, we help chemical producers offer more sustainable products derived from waste and renewable sources rather than petroleum and we contribute to the transition to a circular economy.”

The partnership will see Enerkem license its exclusive technology to convert municipal and other waste feedstocks into chemicals. The final business structure and sites are under discussion.

Enerkem’s proprietary technology converts nonrecyclable municipal solid waste into methanol, ethanol and other widely used chemical intermediates. It operates a demonstration plant and a pilot facility in Quebec, and is beginning operations at Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, its first full-scale commercial facility.  

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