Monthly Archives: November 2015

GHGSat Downselected for GreenTec Award!

GHGSat has been selected as one of the “Top 10” in the Production category for the international GreenTec Awards.

WiWo_GreenTecTOP10_Production_2016GHGSat will be launching its first greenhouse gas monitoring satellite (named “CLAIRE”) in April 2016. The satellite will measure carbon dioxide and methane emissions from individual industrial facilities, anywhere in the world.

GreenTec Awards have been hosted in Germany since 2008. Germany is the world’s #1 exporter of clean technology, and these awards are an example of the country’s commitment to environmental issues. The GreenTec Awards Jury is supported by leading European experts (including the heads of the European Space Agency and the German space agency – DLR), as well as popular artists and public figures.

See GHGSat under the “Production” category at the following link: http://www.greentec-awards.com/en/competition/online-voting-2016.html

The selection of winners involves PUBLIC VOTING. GHGSat is asking for everyone’s help starting on December 8th to vote for CLAIRE! Check here again in a few days for voting details, or follow @ghgsat on Twitter!

 

All Systems Go – Ready for Launch!

Montreal, November 25, 2015 – Today, GHGSat announced it has successfully completed testing of its demonstration satellite, which will soon provide a new way to measure greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities anywhere in the world, enabling emissions reductions in a wide range of industries. The satellite is ready for its scheduled launch in April of 2016 from India’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

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Industrial site operators worldwide must increasingly consider the cost of their greenhouse gas emissions. In order to manage and ultimately reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, industrial site operators need the best possible measurements, at the lowest possible cost. GHGSat will serve this need using innovative satellite-based remote sensing technology, designed to monitor emissions from individual industrial facilities in industries such as oil & gas, power generation, mining and waste management.

“All systems go! This milestone is the culmination of two years of intense effort by a team of Canadian engineers and scientists,” said Stéphane Germain, President of GHGSat. “GHGSat is bringing technological innovation in the aerospace industry to the fight against climate change.”

The final round of satellite testing included thermal vacuum tests to simulate the temperature cycling and vacuum environment typical of low Earth orbit, as well as vibration tests to simulate the loads that the satellite will experience during launch. System performance was validated using NASA satellite data, laboratory tests and end-to-end simulations. Satellite testing was performed at the component, subsystem and system levels.

Satellite development has been performed 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.

 

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