Enerkem is one of the world’s leading developers and producers of advanced fuels and green chemicals. As a private company, Enerkem is majority owned by institutional and clean-technology investment pioneers including Rho Ventures, Braemar Energy Ventures and BDR Capital. Enerkem is an innovative company that has developed a unique clean gasification and catalysis technology platform that converts sorted municipal solid waste and biomass residues into second generation ethanol, other renewable transportation fuels and green chemicals. The Company has a pilot plant in operation since 2003. Its first commercial-scale plant is presently entering the start-up phase with the production of the clean conditioned synthesis gas and will produce its first litres of second generation ethanol in the next months. Enerkem is also developing other projects in Canada and in the United states.

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1130 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 1500 , Montréal , H3A 2M8 Quebec Canada

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Enerkem develops renewable biofuels and chemicals from waste.

Through the combination of a proprietary thermochemical technology platform and community-based advanced facilities, Enerkem addresses the challenges of oil dependence and waste disposal.

Enerkem has validated its proprietary technology over a period of 10 years using solid waste from numerous municipalities and other types of feedstock. The company’s process and business model are designed to profitably produce cellulosic ethanol from a large municipal solid waste supply.

Enerkem operates 2 plants in Quebec, Canada: a commercial demonstration facility in Westbury, and a pilot plant in Sherbrooke. Enerkem has its first waste-to-biofuels full-scale commercial plant under construction in Edmonton (Alberta), and is developing several similar facilities in the U.S. and Canada, such as in Pontotoc (Mississippi) and Varennes (Quebec). These plants will convert municipal solid waste into methanol and cellulosic ethanol.

Enerkem is a private company founded in 2000 by its current senior management. It is majority-owned by institutional, clean-technology and industrial investors, including Rho Ventures, Braemar Energy Ventures, Waste Management, Valero, BDR Capital, Cycle Capital, The Westly Group, Fondaction CSN and Quince Associates, L.P.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Enerkem has nearly 150 employees in Canada and the United States.

Enerkem is leading the new wave in renewable fuels and chemicals.

Enerkem is uniquely positioned to recover the abundant supply of non-recyclable waste to profitably produce second-generation biofuels and green chemicals. Commercial production of cellulosic ethanol is Enerkem’s primary focus today. The company is quickly moving towards commercialization with full-scale biofuels plants it will build, own and operate.

A first standard 38 million-litres-per-year (10 million-gallons-per-year) commercial plant is under construction in Edmonton, Canada, and a similar project is under development in Pontotoc, Mississippi. Enerkem also has a pipeline of new commercial projects and growth opportunities in North America.

Enerkem already operates a pilot facility and a commercial demonstration plant in Quebec, Canada. The company today produces methanol and cellulosic ethanol. It also plans to expand its portfolio of products. How? The chemical-grade syngas produced by Enerkem can be used to create chemical intermediates that form a wide range of everyday products, such as paints, coatings for textiles, and perfumes.

As part of its business strategy, Enerkem can also sell its unique technology platform to strategic partners around the world. With its modular, copy-exact and scalable approach, Enerkem’s systems can be manufactured by third parties as prefabricated and replicable modules. For Enerkem, it means the ability to rapidly and efficiently capture opportunities, reduce capital costs and manufacture multiple facilities simultaneously. For local communities, it means new jobs, a sustainable alternative to landfill, and clean transportation fuels produced domestically.