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Enerkem a finalist for green aviation fuel challenge

The Sky's the Limit Challenge offers $5 million prize in federal government competition.


MONTREAL — Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, has joined a Natural Resources Canada competition to develop an economical and sustainable aviation fuel, and vie for a $5 million prize.

The Sky’s the Limit Challenge led by Natural Resources Canada is a nationwide competition aiming to reduce carbon emissions.

Enerkem, one of the four finalists of the Green Aviation Fuels Innovation Competition, will receive $2 million to support its participation in the 18-month competition.

The Montreal-based producer of advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals converts non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste into methanol, ethanol and other widely-used chemicals.

So far Enerkem research and engineering has resulted in 22 patent families, over 100 international patents and countless innovative breakthroughs since the company’s inception in 2000. The company operates a full-scale commercial facility in Alberta and an innovation centre in Quebec.

The Sky’s the Limit Challenge is the second of five planned challenges under Natural Resources Canada’s $75-million Impact Canada Initiative, which is helping to drive innovation and accelerate the clean growth economy.

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