Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec – GreenField Ethanol, Canada’s largest ethanol producer, has signed an agreement with Enerkem, a gasification and catalysis technology company, outlining a plan to produce cellulosic ethanol on a commercial scale.
“Canadian consumers are looking for a greener, affordable alternative to fossil fuels, and GreenField is delivering by expanding its corn ethanol business to include new bio-based fuels,” said Frank Dottori, Managing Director of GreenField’s Cellulosic Ethanol division.
The companies will collaborate 50/50 on joint projects to design, build and operate commercial cellulosic ethanol plants using Enerkem’s technology in specified geographic areas. The location of the first Canadian plant has been secured and will be announced shortly; a second plant is also in development.
Enerkem’s technology converts biomass, such as sorted municipal solid waste and urban wood residues, into cellulosic ethanol and other biofuels, and eliminates more than two tonnes of greenhouse gases per tonne of residues used as feedstock. The company is currently building a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant in Westbury, Quebec.