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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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CBI demonstrating machines live at the Mid-Atlantic Logging & Biomass Expo

Continental Biomass Industries (CBI) will be exhibiting at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Logging & Biomass Expo held in Laurinburg, North Carolina from September 15-16. Guests will have two days to see live demonstrations of CBI's high-performance wood grinders and commercial wood chippers. The CBI exhibit will be located just inside the entrance at Live Site 1. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for both days of the show, with live CBI demos happening throughout the event.

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Squeezing More Value From Waste

Ludovic Aberbour, COO, and Benjamin Tizon, Agency Director, Paprec Trivalo, Cote D’Azur in front of their new Kadant PAAL baler used for processing multi-materials continuously.

In February of 2017 SMED (Mixed Waste Disposal Unit of the Middle Pays des Alpes Maritimes) and the Paprec Group launched a sophisticated waste sorting facility in Cannes, France, home of the famous film festival. 

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Urban Resource Group Upcycles Ocean Plastic into Lush Cosmetic Containers

Urban Resource Group Inc., an affiliate of Canada Fibers Ltd., has announced a successful collaborative trials with Lush Cosmetics involving recycling of ocean plastic into cosmetic containers - turning harmful litter into eco-conscious packaging. In late 2016, Lush delivered plastic collected from a six-month long, volunteer-led ocean cleanup project to Urban Resource Group's plastic recycling facility in Toronto, Canada. Urban Resource Group took on the challenge of converting the tattered, assorted mix of plastic into a high-quality plastic pellet to use in a standard manufacturing setting.   

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Vecoplan develops energy-efficient single-shaft shredders for wood-processing companies

Vecoplan's newly developed and compact VAZ series are durable and sturdy single-shaft shredders which enable joiners and carpenters in particular to process wood leftovers in a dependable way. The series is equipped with energy-efficient drive technology. Wood processors benefit from its very low operating costs. The single-shaft shredders have now made a successful debut at the international trade fair LIGNA 2017.

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KOBELCO debuts demolition excavator and car demolisher

At CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 this past March Kobelco Construction Machinery says they hosted their dealer network members along with thousands of attendees at their exhibit, which displayed the company's latest advancements and exclusive technologies along with several new and specialty excavator models and configurations. The Kobelco display included the SK1000DLC large building demolition machine (shown here), as well as the debut of the SK210D-10 Car Demolition Machine and SK350DLC-10 Building Demolition excavator.

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Liebherr supplies cylinders for new scrap shears by Genesis

They cut everything to pieces: car bodies, steel girders, entire ships and aircrafts. Scrap shears are the choice when it comes to crushing iron and other metals. One of the premium manufacturers is Genesis GmbH, which produces scrap and demolition shears of different sizes in Memmingen (Southern Germany) for users in Europe, Asia and Africa. For the new mobile scrap shears, which has a high cutting force even with a comparatively small carrier, once again turned to Liebherr-Components Kirchdorf GmbH for its robust, compact and durable hydraulic cylinders.

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Latest mechanical, hydraulic and screw extrusion presses for briquetting applications available from Briquetting Systems

The CF Nielsen  Quattro hydraulic press, available in Canada from Briquetting Systems,  processes various dry wood particulate, including wood dust, producing briquettes from mixed wood materials, including manufacturing plant dust, which can then be used in consumer wood stoves and fireplaces.

Briquetting Systems is a multi-line distributor based out of Vancouver, B.C. Recently, the company announced the availability of two new mechanical presses from manufacturer C.F. Nielsen AS, a leading manufacturer of mechanical briquetting presses based out of Denmark. From raw material - including agricultural waste, wood, paper, plant dust and other biomass residues and wastes - C.F. Nielsen's full-line of briquetting solutions produce briquettes for use in large boilers and power plants as well as log-type briquettes for use in fireplaces and wood-burning stoves by consumers.

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EREF Partners with the CRRC on the EREF Summit on Organics

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation, in collaboration with the California Refuse Recycling Council, will host the EREF Summit on Organics in Ontario, California on July 25 & 26. This educational event will feature a full day of presentations and discussions from organics management experts followed by a half-day tour of two composting facilities.

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GreenWaste Selects BHS for Mixed Waste MRF

GreenWaste Recovery commissioned a 40-tph Mixed Waste Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in May 2007. That system was awarded SWANA's 2008 Gold Award for Recycling Excellence. More than 10 years later, GreenWaste is ready to expand. As they did in 2007, GreenWaste once again selected Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) to provide a state-of-the-art mixed waste processing system. The new two-line system will double overall throughput capacity to more than 80-tons-per-hour and includes updated technology, including five Max-AI™ Autonomous Quality Control (AQC) units.

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Understanding the Changing Catalytic Converter Landscape

The catalytic converter industry has been constantly evolving over the last 25 years. Many of you in the scrap industry will remember back in the day when converter buyers would come and purchase with just three grades in mind: small, medium and large. My, how things have changed. We now have over 65 grading categories and 20,000 serial numbers, as well as toll refining as an option to sell converters. 

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​North American recycling industry reacts to rumours of Chinese scrap commodity import ban

ISRI held a teleconference for industry press on June 13th. The briefing followed two recent visits to China by the organization - to BIR's 2017 World Recycling Convention & Exhibition held May 22-24 in Hong Kong, and more recently to speak with U.S. and Chinese government authorities in Beijing to address industry rumours that have surfaced over the last several months about a potential ban on scrap imports to the country.

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Eco-friendly e-waste process facility underway

Mineworx Technologies Ltd., formerly Iberian Minerals Ltd., announced the joint collaboration with EnviroLeach Technologies Inc. for the construction of an environmentally friendly, modular E-Waste processing plant/facility. The E-Waste plant/facility has been designed to process up to 2,500 tonnes (5.5 million lbs) per annum of PCBA (printed circuit board assemblies) based E-Waste material.

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