Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Can Municipal Waste Power Our Cars?

The Washington Post Business
By, Published: September 3, 2011

One future source of green energy may be as close as the nearest dumpster thanks to companies vying to make fuel from trash. Enerkem, based in Montreal, and Fiberight, in Maryland, hope to turn municipal waste into energy in new biorefineries.

Enerkem has been around since 2000 and owns several facilities in Canada. Its pilot plant, in Sherbrooke, Quebec, turns used electricity poles into methanol, acetates, ethanol and syngas. Future plants will use municipal waste as a feedstock.

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