Monday, November 30, 2015

GHGSat Competing for 2016 GreenTec Awards, Europe's Largest Environmental & Business Competition

          By Henry Stewart

Montreal, PQ based GHGSat Inc., currently preparing its GHGSat-D (demonstration) greenhouse and air quality gas (AQG) monitoring satellite (named "CLAIRE") for a scheduled April 2016 launch from India's Satish Dhawan Space Centre, has been selected to compete in the production category for the 9th Annual GreenTec Awards, Europe’s largest environmental and business prize.

The ten competitors in the "production" category of the 2016 GreenTec awards, including GHGSat (top row center). As outlined on the GreenTec website, production category awards "honor projects with innovative, holistic approaches to material and energy efficiency and/or the reduction of environmentally damaging byproducts in the production process." These include projects related to water usage and quality control, exhaust treatment, lightweight construction, energy recovery, process optimization, reject minimization, and the overall efficient usage of resources. Graphic c/o GreenTec.

The awards will be announced and presented on May 29th, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The GreenTec awards search out the most innovative and sustainable projects of the year and one out of three nominees per category will be directly chosen by online, public voting.

All of which means that, if you'd like an innovative Canadian company to win this award and get noticed by European industry, you need to vote for GHGSat when voting begins on December 8th, by checking out the website at

GreenTec Awards have been hosted in Germany since 2008 and serve as an example of the country's commitment to environmental issues. The event has provided a platform to promote environmental technologies with extensive media coverage and maximum public attention.

The GreenTec Awards Jury is supported by leading European experts, including the heads of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), as well as popular artists and public figures.

GHGSat was developed by a team of partners including Xiphos Technologies, the Space Flight Laboratory at the University of Toronto's Institute for Aerospace Studies and MPB Communications. The Boeing Company also provided GHGSat with expertise in systems engineering and space vehicle design and integration as part of the company's commitment to small business innovation in Canada.

The company is supported by a variety of Canadian Federal government technology funds, such as Sustainable Development Technology Canada and LOOK North, plus the Boeing Company, Suncor, Hydro-Quebec, Imperial Oil, Shell, Canada National Resources Limited and others.

For more information on GHGSat, please check out the November 30th, 2015 Commercial Space blog Special Report on GHGSat.

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