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GHGSat

June 22, 2016 11:14 ET

GHGSat Launches Greenhouse Gas Satellite

Satellite Named "Claire" to Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Industrial Facilities Around the World

MONTREAL, QC--(Marketwired - June 22, 2016) - Today, Montreal-based GHGSat announced that it has successfully launched its first satellite, named Claire, to measure greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from industrial facilities around the world. Claire was launched to a polar orbit around the Earth at 23:57 on 21 June 2016 aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle by the Indian Space Research Organization.

Claire is the world's first satellite capable of measuring greenhouse gas emissions from sources on the scale of industrial facilities. GHGSat's innovative sensor technology has also been miniaturized to fit on a low-cost nanosatellite, enabling the company to offer commercial greenhouse gas measurement and monitoring services. GHGSat will use its technology to help industrial emitters in sectors such as oil & gas, power generation, mining, waste management and agriculture to measure, control and ultimately reduce their emissions.

"Today's launch is a milestone for Canadian space technology and for human environmental responsibility. Until now, measuring GHG emissions from industrial facilities has often been difficult and costly. Claire has the potential to offer consistent, objective greenhouse gas emissions measurements for everyone in the world," said Stéphane Germain, President of GHGSat. "Now that our satellite is in orbit, we look forward to demonstrating and validating this exciting new technology."

Claire's launch follows three years of research and development at GHGSat supported by Sustainable Development Technology Canada, Boeing, LOOKNorth, the Canadian Space Agency, and several other customers and suppliers.

"SDTC is proud to have supported GHGSat's technology. We are excited about the launch of the satellite and all the opportunity that it brings to reduce harmful emissions. We look forward to seeing the results that Claire sends back to Earth," said Leah Lawrence, president and CEO of SDTC.

About GHGSat

GHGSat's vision is to become the global reference for remote sensing of greenhouse gas (GHG) and air quality gas emissions from industrial sites, using satellite technology.

GHGSat's novel technology will enable GHG and air quality gas measurement with better accuracy at a fraction of the cost of comparable alternatives. Owners of industrial facilities will be able to monitor all of their facilities, local or remote, anywhere in the world, with a common technology. Significantly improved emissions information will enable industries to better measure, control, and ultimately reduce emissions of GHGs and air quality gases.

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