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Enerkem achieves production milestones at Edmonton biofuel facility

Montreal-based Enerkem Inc.,  has announced that its first full-scale commercial facility, located in Edmonton, Alberta, has met all operational milestones set by its senior lender Integrated Asset Management (IAM). 

“The Enerkem Alberta Biofuels facility in Edmonton is fully operational in accordance with very rigorous production criteria”, said Vincent Chornet, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enerkem. “This third-party validation comes in at the right time as we are expanding our footprint in North America and Europe. Our disruptive solution sets a new standard in waste management, biofuels and chemicals, thus accelerating the transition toward a circular economy where waste becomes a resource to make everyday products.”

“We have been impressed with Enerkem’s discipline and commitment throughout the process of ramping-up the world’s first commercial operation of its kind”, said Greg Dimmer, Managing Director IAM Private Debt Group. “As Enerkem’s senior lender we look forward to expanding our partnership through future financing opportunities as the company continues to expand its market outreach.”

 In less than five minutes, Enerkem’s technology turns household waste into 99.9 per cent pure liquid chemicals and biofuels. Since the start of production, the Enerkem Alberta Biofuels facility has been meeting the highest quality standards set by the International Methanol Producers and Consumers Association (IMPCA) for the production and sale of methanol. Last year, Enerkem’s biorefinery also became the first ISCC certified plant (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) in the world to convert municipal solid waste into biomethanol.
 
This pioneering facility has been financed by private sources and received funding support from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), Alberta Innovates and Alberta Energy.
 
Integrated Asset Management Corp. (“IAM”) (TSX:IAM) is one of Canada’s leading alternative asset management companies with approximately $2.6 billion in assets and committed capital under management in real estate and private debt. IAM Private Debt Group manages and provides funding from Integrated Private Debt Fund LPs on behalf of a number of pension funds and other institutional investors. IAM Private Debt Group offers fixed rate, investment grade term loans to mid-market companies for such purposes as refinancing existing debt, acquisitions, plant expansion or modernization, project financing and management buyouts.

Enerkem produces biofuels and renewable chemicals from waste. Its disruptive proprietary technology converts non-recyclable municipal solid waste into methanol, ethanol and other widely used chemical intermediates. Headquartered in Montreal (QC), Canada, Enerkem operates a full-scale commercial facility in Alberta as well as an innovation centre in Quebec. Enerkem’s facilities are built as prefabricated systems based on the company’s modular manufacturing infrastructure that can be deployed globally. Enerkem's technology helps diversify the energy mix and make everyday products greener while offering a smart, sustainable alternative to landfilling and incineration. www.enerkem.com 

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  • Enerkem

    1130 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 1500
    Montreal , QC
    CA , H3A 2M8

    Enerkem produces biofuels and renewable chemicals from waste. Its disruptive proprietary technology converts non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste into methanol, ethanol and other widely-used chemical intermediates. Headquartered in Montreal (QC), Canada, Enerkem operates a full-scale commercial facility in Alberta as well as an innovation centre in Quebec. Enerkem's facilities are built as prefabricated systems based on the company's modular manufacturing infrastructure that can be deployed globally. Enerkem's technology helps diversify the energy mix and make everyday products greener while offering a smart, sustainable alternative to landfilling and incineration.

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​ISRI launches ISRI Connect Mobile App for members and industry stakeholders

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Despite China’s ban, overall U.S. scrap exports remain strong in 2017

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Sennebogen provides right combination for CRC Scrap Metal Recycling

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Lindner Recyclingtech GmbH invests in North American expansion

Lindner Recyclingtech GmbH invests in North American expansion

Lindner Recyclingtech GmbH, a European leader in industrial stationary and mobile shredding equipment, has opened its new North American headquarters located in Statesville, North Carolina.  In late 2017 the company completed the purchase and renovation of a 25,000 square foot facility on a 4-acre campus along with renaming its fully owned US subsidiary to Lindner Recyclingtech America.  The new facility is focused on expansion of the Lindner parts inventory and service support team, along with a fully operational customer demonstration and test lab facility.

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Toter renews national cooperative contract for refuse and recycling equipment in Tucson

Toter renews national cooperative contract for refuse and recycling equipment in Tucson

Toter, a division of Wastequip, recently renewed a national cooperative contract by the City of Tucson, Arizona on February 1, 2018.  The contract is offered nationwide through the National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance (National IPA).  Since 2007, Toter held two consecutive five-year cooperative contracts awarded by the City of Tucson. This new City of Tucson contract also has a five-year term including extensions. Through the contract, Toter offers National IPA participants the ability to purchase refuse carts, organics carts, recycling carts, bear tough carts, organics bins, front end load containers and cart lifters. 

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Call2Recycle is reminding Canadians to safely recycle their batteries

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​Monterey's new facility uses BHS recycling system to support compliance with California's 75% recycling goal

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TAV offers Ultra-High Frequency Eddy Current Separators

TAV offers Ultra-High Frequency Eddy Current Separators

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