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Enerkem a finalist for green aviation fuel challenge

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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.

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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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