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Government of Canada awarding initial $734,500 to cellulosic ethanol project; funding could reach $39.8M
28 September 2013
The Government of Canada is investing $734,500 through Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s (SDTC) NextGen Biofuels Fund in the initial phase of the Vanerco cellulosic ethanol project in Varennes, Québec. SDTC’s funding could reach $39.8 million, based on subsequent project milestones and required approvals.
The Vanerco Varennes-Generation Project is a joint venture partnership formed by Enerkem Technologies, a Montreal-based waste-to-biofuels and chemicals company, and GreenField, a Canadian leader in ethanol production.
The project will be located at GreenField’s facility in Varennes, where it will convert 100,000 metric tonnes per year of urban waste into 38 million liters (10 million gallons US) of cellulosic ethanol that can then be blended into transportation fuel.
The Enerkem thermo-chemical process, which is currently being demonstrated in Wesbury, QC with support from SDTC’s SD Tech Fund, includes feedstock preparation, gasification of biomass, syngas conditioning and catalytic synthesis of ethanol. The gasification capacity scale-up factor is seven times from Westbury to the Vanerco facility.
Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013 will provide $325 million over eight years to Sustainable Development Technology Canada to support the development and demonstration of new clean technologies.
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