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Natural Resources Canada announces four finalists for The Sky’s the Limit Challenge CA$5 million grand prize

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, announced on May 29, 2019, the four finalists of the "Impact Canada The Sky’s the Limit Challenge" with each finalist receiving up to CA$2 million to develop his or her solution to reducing pollution from aviation thereby creating a more competitive and sustainable industry that is critical for building a low-carbon economy.

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Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, announced on May 29, 2019, the four finalists of the “Impact Canada The Sky’s the Limit Challenge” with each finalist receiving up to CA$2 million to develop his or her solution to reducing pollution from aviation thereby creating a more competitive and sustainable industry that is critical for building a low-carbon economy.

Creating cleaner fuels are central to those efforts and Minister Sohi made the announcement during the Clean Energy and Mission Innovation Ministerial meetings in Vancouver, where ministers, high-level officials and business leaders from over 25 countries gathered to accelerate progress toward a clean energy future.

This unique challenge is bringing together Canadian consortia to support an incredible innovation in the aviation industry. I want to congratulate the Challenge finalists who are creating cleaner aviation fuel to grow Canada’s clean economy and create good, middle-class jobs for workers, said Minister Amarjeet Sohi

The finalists are:

  • Carbon Engineering Ltd for its Sustainable Aviation Fuel., made from Air, Water and Renewable Electricity (British Columbia);
  • Enerkem for its Sustainable Aviation Fuels from Agro and Forestry Biomass and from Municipal Solid Waste through a Hub and Spoke approach (Quebec);
  • FORGE Hydrocarbons Corp for its Lipid-to-Hydrocarbon Biojet Project (Alberta);
  • SAF Consortium for its Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel from flue gas–captured CO2 and low-carbon hydrogen (Quebec).

With the success of the five existing Impact Canada challenges, Minister Sohi announced there will be a sixth challenge on battery innovation, which will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Two Competitions

Launched in August 2018, The Sky’s the Limit Challenge consists of two competitions. First, the Green Aviation Fuels Innovation Competition challenges Canadian innovators to develop the cleanest, most affordable and sustainable aviation fuel to further reduce pollution from flying.

The finalists will now enter an 18-month period to produce the fuel. In March 2021, the team with the best sustainable aviation fuel will be awarded a CA$5 million Grand Prize to help commercialize their innovation.

Second, in partnership with Air Canada and WestJet, the Cross-Canada Flight Competition is challenging the industry to power the first-ever cross-Canada commercial flight with a minimum 10 percent blend of made-in-Canada sustainable aviation fuel. The flight competition is open until January 1, 2021, and the first producer to meet the challenge will win CA$1 million.

The Sky’s the Limit is one of six cleantech challenges that are part of the Impact Canada Initiative. Challenges were designed to attract a diverse range of problem solvers to generate breakthrough cleantech solutions to some of Canada’s biggest unsolved challenges.

Reducing emissions from the aviation sector is a priority for Canada. As the Government of Canada’s champion for Impact Canada, I am proud of the creative ideas and proposals put forward to develop sustainable fuels. Congratulations to the finalists on leading the charge to lowering our carbon footprint in the aviation industry said Karina Gould Minister of Democratic Institutions.

NRCan is investing CA$75 million over four years in the challenges: Women in Cleantech Challenge, Power Forward Challenge, Crush It! Challenge, The Sky’s the Limit Challenge and Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative and the upcoming battery challenge.

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