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Air Company announces SAF collaboration with Air Canada

July 21, 2023
By Air Company

Photo: Air Canada

Air Company announced a strategic collaboration with Air Canada, Canada’s largest airline and the country’s flag carrier. The collaboration aims to accelerate the development of power-to-liquid sustainable aviation fuel (PtL SAF) in various North American markets by 2025 that will give Air Canada access to SAF that is entirely independent of fossil fuels and aims for the highest reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions among all sustainable aviation fuels available on the market – targeting a total of 94 per cent reduction. This feat is enabled by Air Company’s unique power-to-liquid (PtL) pathway that utilizes the company’s proprietary catalyst.

Poised to take advantage of the country’s abundant renewable energy resources and the availability of green hydrogen tax credits, Air Company and Air Canada also intend to explore development of AIRMADE SAF in Canada. AIRMADE SAF is a fully drop-in SAF that has already been tested with the U.S. Air Force as a 100 per cent fuel replacement with no blending. Air Canada joins JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic as part of Air Company’s airline ecosystem to help develop and deliver sustainable aviation fuel into North America.

“We have a grand vision for deploying our technology worldwide and we always look for partners to join us in this endeavour,” said Gregory Constantine, CEO and co-founder of Air Company. “We are thrilled to explore opportunities to bring AIRMADE technology to Canada and to contribute to Air Canada’s goal of reaching net-zero. We have been working diligently to accelerate the commercialization of our PtL SAF in order to transition away from our dependency on fossil fuels in the aviation sector.”

“We remain focused on seeking innovative, long-term, sustainable GHG emissions reduction solutions for aviation, and SAF is a key pillar in our strategy to achieve our ambitious goal of net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. We look forward to working together with Air Company to explore how to advance new, transformational technologies such as their unique CO2-derived SAF to scale commercially in Canada,” said Michael Rousseau, president and chief executive officer at Air Canada.

Canada has set ambitious net zero GHG emissions targets premised on the development of several technologies, one of which being PtL SAF, a means of fuel production that uses renewable energy to separate hydrogen from water which is then fused with carbon dioxide. With the correct federal and provincial policies and incentive market that supports the production of SAF, Canada has the potential to emerge as a world leader in the production and use of energy from renewable resources.

The news follows a series of notable developments for Air Company including a $65 million contract with the U.S. Air Force. Additionally, the company recently won the NASA Deep Space Food Challenge, which demonstrated the company’s ability to create protein out of carbon dioxide and water.

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