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Urban & Ocean Plastics Carbon Recycling

A cleantech solution converting urban and ocean plastics into low carbon transportation fuels

May 2020
Gallery Urban & Ocean Plastics Carbon Recycling 1
Gallery Urban & Ocean Plastics Carbon Recycling 1
01.

Identification

This solution provides a carbon recycling technology using non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste - namely plastics - to produce low-carbon liquid transportation fuels and chemicals while providing a smart alternative to incineration or landfilling.

As countries struggle to manage urban plastic waste and floating plastics in our oceans, this technology aims at leading the world toward a more circular economy by using waste as a resource to produce sustainable products. This solution helps reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and enables the transition towards a more sustainable and low carbon mobility. This cleantech process converts urban and ocean plastics into a synthetic gas which is then purified in order to be converted into liquid chemicals via catalytic synthesis. Highly scalable, this solution can help SMEs, corporations, governments and cities to meet the worldwide challenge of waste disposal worldwide while producing sustainable and clean fuels for cars, ships and planes.

Label Date May 2020
By Enerkem
From Canada
Maturity stage Small scale commercialization
Looking For Funding opportunities; Partnership opportunities

Sectors - Value chain - Application

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Applications
Design, Power & Produce
Package & Distribute
Use & Efficiency
Valorize & Restore
Value Chain Steps
02.

The environmental benefits

  • The conversion of 1 tonne of mixed plastics will reduce GHG emissions by 600 kg of CO2eq, produce 745 L of ethanol and avoid the production of around 500 L of gasoline from crude oil
  • Reduces dependence on crude oil
  • Reduces GHG emissions related to waste transportation
  • Minimizes or eliminates the disposal of plastics in landfills, incinerators, and leakage to both terrestrial and marine environments
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The Financial benefits

  • Takes plastic waste and converts it into low carbon transportation fuels providing a competitive solution generating savings in the range of 10 to 15% lower than traditional solutions
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Labeled Solutions in the news!

Trash is biofuel treasure; Enerkem uses Alberta as a launching pad for expansion

In 2008, the City of Edmonton approached Enerkem, to build the first commercial facility that turns municipal trash into biofuel. The plant is now responsible for diverting about 30% of the city’s waste.

Shell Canada limited partnership with Enerkem to develop innovative clean technologies

Shell Canada is involved in the proposed construction of the Varennes Carbon Recycling (VCR) biofuel plant in Quebec. VCR will be one of the world’s largest renewable hydrogen and oxygen production facilities with an 87-megawatt electrolyzer.

Enerkem project recommended for funding in CRIN Low Emission Fuels and Products Technology competition

The project combines best in class technologies to produce a low-carbon, diesel fuel blend from sustainable feedstock including forestry and agricultural residue and potentially also urban waste. Enerkem's technology is a prime example of how carbon in agroforestry residues and in urban residues can be recycled into new products.

Biofuels - Shell Invests in Quebec?s First Waste to Low-Carbon Fuels Plant

Shell Invests in Quebec’s First Waste to Low-Carbon Fuels Plant. Commissioning of the first phase of the facility is scheduled for 2023. Critical investment in the plant comes from Shell, Enerkem, Suncor, Proman and Hydro-Québec.

Enerkem, partners propose Quebec waste-to-biofuels plant

Enerkem's Rotterdam plans changed to waste-to-jet plant

Enerkem produces SAF from forest biomass | Biomassmagazine.com

Enerkem is a world leader in the production of biofuels from waste materials. The company has achieved a major breakthrough in converting carbon from forest biomass into sustainable aviation fuel. The aviation sector alone accounts for 3 percent of total global GHG emissions.

Enerkem's project recommended for funding in RIRP's low-emission fuels and products technology competition

The project combines state-of-the-art technologies to produce a low-carbon diesel fuel blend from sustainable feedstocks. Enerkem's technology is a successful example of how to achieve a true circular economy by diversifying the energy portfolio and making everyday products greener.

Enerkem has succeeded in manufacturing aviation fuel in Westbury

Enerkem has succeeded in converting carbon contained in forest biomass into aviation fuel. The company has set up an Innovation Center in Westbury, Estrie.

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Company Profile

Enerkem

Enerkem converts non-recyclable garbage into cellulosic ethanol, biomethanol and renewable chemicals. Visit our website

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Headquarters Montréal, QC H3A 2S7, Canada
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