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SAF+ Consortium announces development of SAF in Canada


September 15, 2021
By SAF+ Consortium

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SAF+ Consortium has announced the production of sustainable aviation fuel at its pilot factory near Montreal. It is one of the first productions of PtL (Power to Liquids) in North America.

The production at the ParaChem industrial site is aiming to bring to market synthetic kerosene whose carbon footprint is reduced by 80 per cent compared to fossil kerosene. The goal is to achieve this for 2025-2026. The PtL sector consists of producing a synthetic liquid fuel by capturing and combining CO2 from industrial sources to green hydrogen produced in Quebec.

“These first litres of e-fuel represent a historic moment and an important milestone for SAF+,” Jean Paquin, president and CEO of the SAF+ Consortium, said, at the 27th Montreal Conference, presented by the International Economic Forum of the Americas. “As the airline industry aims to reduce its carbon footprint and reduce kerosene consumption, SAF + stands out as a pioneer in the field of sustainable aviation fuel in Canada. For us, e-fuel is the way to go in the aviation industry if we want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions substantially.”

The PtL path is one of the most promising for the decarbonization of sustainable fuels, Alexandru Iordan, head of operations of the SAF+ Consortium, said, adding, “by using green hydrogen, it accelerates the development of this important energy sector in the years to come.”

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With the support of the consortium and the governments of Quebec and Canada, the demand for SAF in the aviation industry will almost double every year for the next 30 years, Paquin said, adding such solutions will position Montreal as a hub for responsible aviation in Canada.”