Southern Alberta waste refinery turning into high-grade, low-cost biodiesel

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A new refinery set to open in southern Alberta is aiming to change the way household.

Heaven Waste Solutions is set to open its first refinery in Aldersyde, Alta., Where it will turn Albertans' landfill garbage into renewable diesel fuel.

The company, which is headquartered in Red Deer, said on Thursday it's “Canada's first producer of renewable diesel which is fully compatible with the federal and provincial-mandated renewable fuels regulations, which require "

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After its July 11 grand opening at Aldersyde, Sky has plans to open four more refineries across the province, in the municipalities of Brooks, Calgary, Grande Prairie and Medicine Hat.

"These facilities together will have some 128,000 tonnes of waste per year from Canada's landfills," Cielo said.

Sky said to put into perspective, Canada generates about 31 million tonnes of garbage in a year.

"There are no one in the industry, that we know in the world, that doing what we're doing," spokesperson Don Allen said.

"We can use orange peels, grass clippings, we can use tires. There are seven different types of plastics that go into a landfill, only one or two are sellable if you can find a market – we can use all seven. If you can burn or liquefy it, we can use it. "

What is renewable diesel fuel?

According to Cielo, their technology creates "high-grade, low-cost renewable diesel fuel" that differs from other traditional biofuels that like from food sources, because Cielo's product is more environmentally friendly and economically sustainable.

Sky also said its product can be blended and sold on the government's mandated renewable diesel market It also produces virtually no emissions.

"I want to make an impact," Allen said.

"I want to be able to look at my grandkids and get them proud that we're doing something here to go after some of the land issues."

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The refinery uses chemicals and heat to make the composition of the waste Those molecules are then processed into renewable transportation diesel, jet diesel and naptha fuel, the company said.

Government officials on board

Grande Prairie MLA Tracy Allard said the city is to have the facility open.

"I think Grand Prairie is an entrepreneurial place and we lead the province in entrepreneurialism, innovation and so this is just a perfect fit," Allard said. "I would love to see jobs like into the city as well."

Calgary councillors are looking forward to the city of alternative ways of recycling.

"It would be nice to try to have a local company deal with our waste stream as possible," Councilor Peter Demong said.

"One of the things I would love to see is Calgary, and Alberta in general, to become a center of recycling excellence."

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Heaven said when the refineries are built – which is expected to be late 2020 – each one will produce about 2,000 liters of renewable fuel per hour.

The company has patents pending elsewhere in Canada and in the U.S. Heaven is working on diesel fuel.

"Such policy changes would reduce the amount of renewable fuels made from food sources that Canada currently has its mandated requirements," Cielo said.

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