MEMS USA, and Accelon Energy Systems have created Can-Am Ethanol, a joint venture to create, build and run a major biomass-to-ethanol processing plant in Canada. MEMS USA is the prime contractor on a cost plus basis. The design, engineering and construction portions of the project are budgeted at approximately $140 million. The plant is intended to have an output of some 160,000 gallons of ethanol per day (approximately 606,000 liters per day).
Canada is already in the process of supporting the quadrupling of its ethanol production capacity from its current level of some 200 million liters per year to approximately 1 billion. Earlier this year, the Government of Canada announced financial support for 7 ethanol production projects (using grain as a feedstock) with combined capacity of 750 million liters.
Canada also has instituted a National Biomass Ethanol Program that will provide up to $135 million to firms planning to build or expand a biomass fuel ethanol plant in Canada and use biomass materials as feedstock—which certainly fits the profile of Can-Am Ethanol.
Should the Can-Am Ethanol plant come to fruition, its some 220 million liter annual capacity would make it one of the top ethanol producers in the country.