The SAF+ Consortium (“SAF+”) is proud and pleased to welcome Aero Montréal—a strategic forum that brings together all of the top executives in the Quebec aerospace sector—to our Consortium.
Aero Montréal’s mission is to mobilize the stakeholders of Québec’s aerospace ecosystem to support its global reach, innovation capacity and growth. This mission is fully aligned with our mission to bring together renowned aviation, carbon management and industry leaders and experts to generate robust solutions for aviation stakeholders.
“SAF+ aims to be a pioneer in the field of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Canada, and with the support of all our other partners and Aero Montréal, we will be able to create a competitive company that is on par with international producers,” says Jean Paquin, President and CEO of the SAF+ Consortium and winner of the Sky’s the Limit Challenge.
SAF+ is a group of Quebec companies working in the field of sustainable fuel production from carbon capture using green hydrogen produced in Quebec. Aiming at producing sustainable fuel for the aviation sector by 2021, the development of the SAF+ project, located in the east end of Montreal, consists of recovering CO2 emissions from industry and transforming them into a clean synthetic fuel with a carbon footprint 80% smaller than traditional aviation fuel.
With our partners Air Transat, Aéroports de Montréal, Hydro-Québec, École Polytechnique and now, Aero Montreal, SAF+’s goal is to make Montreal a hub for responsible aviation in Canada. As part of the Sky’s the Limit Challenge, we are building a pilot unit that will demonstrate the entire process starting this summer.
With its active participation, Aero Montreal will allow SAF+ to understand better the challenges of the aviation sector, allowing us to improve development of sustainable fuel by considering all the critical elements and needs of the industry. With its broad reach, Aero Montréal will be able to give visibility to our project and help Quebec become a pioneer in electrofuel.
“Already very committed to environmental issues, the Quebec aerospace industry wants to accelerate its transformation and become a leading global player in the decarbonization of the sector. Based on this ambition, Aero Montréal is committed to working collegially with Quebec aerospace industry players, including SAF+, to build a greener and more sustainable industry,” added Suzanne Benoît, President and CEO of Aero Montréal.
Finally, SAF+ is proud to announce that its pilot plant is now in Montreal, and we are ready to begin production trials. We will soon be the first plant in Canada to produce sustainable civil aviation fuel with an 80% smaller footprint than conventional kerosene.
About the SAF+ Consortium
SAF+ Consortium is developing a circular economy solution that recovers CO2 emissions from industry and transforms them into a clean synthetic fuel with a carbon footprint 80% smaller than conventional aviation fuel. With our partners Air Transat and Aéroports de Montréal, our goal is to make Montreal a hub for responsible aviation in Canada. As part of the Sky’s the Limit Challenge, we are building a pilot unit that will demonstrate the entire process in 2021.
About the Sky’s the Limit Challenge!
Consortium SAF+ is actively participating in the Sky’s the Limit Challenge, set up by the Department of Natural Resources Canada. For this green aviation fuel innovation competition, four finalists have been awarded $2 million to support their efforts to develop the best way to increase sustainable aviation fuel production in Canada. Applicants are encouraged to develop a consortium across the supply chain to support their efforts. In the end, a $5 million prize will be awarded to the finalist with the most economically and environmentally sustainable approach to sustainable aviation fuel production on a commercial scale in Canada.
About Aero Montréal
Created in 2006, Aero Montréal is a strategic forum for consultation that brings together all of the top leaders in the Québec aerospace sector from industry, educational institutions, research centres, associations and unions.
Aero Montreal’s activities are made possible by the participation of the governments of Canada, Québec and the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, as well as the cluster’s member companies.