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Edmonton to be site of world's first industrial scale municipal waste-to-ethanol facility

EDMONTON, Canada, June 26 /PRNewswire/ - Edmonton will be home to the world's first industrial scale facility to produce biofuels from municipal solid waste. The City has signed a 25-year agreement with GreenField Ethanol, Canada's largest ethanol producer and Enerkem, a leading biofuels technology company.

The $70 million biofuels facility will initially produce 36 million litres of biofuels per year and reduce Alberta's carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint by more than 6 million tonnes over the next 25 years - the equivalent of removing 12,000 cars off the road every year.

"This facility is another fine example for the world that Alberta is a great place for companies to bring newly commercialized technology to the marketplace," said Doug Horner, Minister of Advanced Education and Technology. "All of the partners can be pleased that they are part of a facility that is taking a lead role in developing innovative technologies and making a real difference for the environment."

The City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta through the Alberta Energy Research Institute (AERI) are contributing $20 million to the facility. The City of Edmonton will also contribute $50 million to a related processing facility and research facility. AERI's total contribution to all the components is $29 million.

"This unique partnership with private companies and the provincial government builds on our global leadership in municipal waste management," said Edmonton Mayor, Stephen Mandel. "It will enable us to make a noted contribution to reducing greenhouse gases and become the first major city in North America to achieve 90 percent residential waste diversion from landfill. We are also excited to be proceeding with the calibre of this partnership and look forward to seeing this facility on stream in the near future."

"This new facility will be a first for both the biofuels and waste management industries. This is the world's first agreement signed between a large urban centre and a biofuel producer to turn municipal waste into ethanol," said Vincent Chornet, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enerkem. "Edmonton is a pioneer in waste management practices and it is setting new standards for other municipalities. We are proud to be working with Edmonton, Greenfield Ethanol and the Government of Alberta through the Alberta Energy Research Institute as partners on this exciting project."

"This next generation biofuels facility will offer drivers a new choice in transportation fuels," said Donald Pierce, President of Greenfield Ethanol's Advanced Biofuels Group. "Greenfield is thrilled to be leading in the development of next generation ethanol along with partners Enerkem, the City of Edmonton and the Province of Alberta-world leaders in providing innovative technologies that help build a sustainable future."

This plant is the first to be announced by Greenfield Ethanol and Enerkem since the recent announcement of their partnership to jointly design, build and operate commercial next generation ethanol plants.

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About Greenfield Ethanol


- GreenField Ethanol Inc. ( is Canada's leading

ethanol producer. The company produces 350 million litres a year of

fuel ethanol at its plants in Chatham and Tiverton, Ontario and

Varennes, Quebec. Its largest plant to date, a 200 million litre

facility in Johnstown, Ontario, will be operational in December 2008.

Another plant is in development in Hensall, Ontario. GreenField is

actively involved in the development of biochemical process technology

to produce cellulosic ethanol at its state of the art research

facilities in Chatham, Ontario. The company is also working with

Enerkem Inc. to build thermochemical cellulosic ethanol plants.

GreenField's ethanol is available at more than 1,300 gas stations

across Canada.

About Enerkem


- Enerkem ( is a leader in the development and production

of next generation biofuels. It is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec

and has engineering offices in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Enerkem's

gasification, sequential gas conditioning and catalysis technology

converts sorted municipal solid waste, agricultural and forest residues

into cellulosic ethanol and other biofuels. The company has operated a

pilot plant since 2003 and is currently building another commercial-

scale cellulosic ethanol production plant in Westbury, Canada. The

company is backed financially by Braemar Energy Ventures, Solidarity

Fund QFL and Rho Ventures.

About the City of Edmonton


- The City of Edmonton ( is at the forefront of waste

management practices having established the leading Edmonton Waste

Management Centre (EWMC) and associated Centre of Excellence. The EWMC

is North America's largest collection of modern, sustainable waste

processing and research facilities. Facilities at the 233-hectare site

include a Materials Recovery Facility, the Edmonton Composting

Facility, the GEEP Electric and Electronic Waste Recycling Facility,

the Clover Bar Landfill, a leachate treatment plant, a landfill gas to

electricity system, a construction and demolition waste recycling

operation, and a research facility. At the development stage is the

biofuels project and a paper production facility.

About Alberta Energy Research Institute (AERI)


- The mission of the Alberta Energy Research Institute (

is to increase the energy industry's capacity to develop and adapt

innovative technologies that maximizes the value of Alberta's natural

and renewable resources. AERI develops and implements the energy

innovation strategy for Alberta and, in partnership with industry and

other government agencies, invests in collaborative applied research,

technology development and pilot demonstrations along the entire

innovation chain. AERI's six strategic programs areas are: Bitumen

Upgrading, Clean Carbon/Coal, Improved Recovery, Renewables, CO2 &

Emissions and Water Use.

AERI's investments are focussed on technology platforms that include:

- Carbon capture and storage

- Gasification

- Catalysis

- Hydrogen generation

- Separation technologies

- Advanced in-situ processes

- Advanced and nano materials

About Ethanol


- Ethanol is a renewable transportation fuel made from grains such as

corn and wheat, or from the cellulose fibres found in biomass including

agricultural, municipal and forestry waste. Ethanol is affordable and

offers unique environmental benefits. National Resources Canada's GH

Genius model shows that corn ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions

(GHGs) by 40 to 60 per cent compared to gasoline. Cellulosic ethanol

has the potential to reduce GHGs by up to 87 per cent according to the

US Department of Energy's GREET model. The federal government's

commitment to requiring gasoline to contain an average of five per cent

ethanol by 2010 will bring GHG reductions equivalent to removing one

million cars from Canada's highways each and every year.

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