Let's face it, garbage isn't a pleasant sight. That is, unless you're the head of Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, the company responsible for converting 100,000 tons of Edmonton's trash over to 36 million liters of biofuel beginning in late 2011. Ripping garbage out of landfills and converting it to a usable fuel is Enerkem's specialty and its recent groundbreaking event in Edmonton, Canada will eventually lead to the creation of what the company claims will be, "the world's first industrial-scale biofuels project to use municipal solid waste as feedstock."
The garbage-to-biofuel facility should be fully operational by late 2011 and will help rid the city of 90 percent of its non-reusable solid waste. The biofuel production facility is expected to reduce Edmonton's greenhouse gas emissions to the same level as removing 42,000 vehicles from the city's roads each year. And here's something else to ponder: Edmonton's garbage trucks may soon begin refueling with biofuels made from the waste that they delivered just days earlier. How's that for a closed loop?
[Source: City of Edmonton]Permalink | Email this | Comments