SAINT-LAURENT, QUEBEC - Wednesday morning, Aéroports de Montreal (ADM) and Aero Mag 2000 today inaugurated the facilities polystyrene at the cutting edge of technology for recovery, re-certification and re-use of ethylene glycol used for aircraft deicing at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport. They will significantly improve the environmental performance of the airport while reducing icing costs for airlines.
It must be remembered that in much of the world defrosting Ethylene glycol is an essential operation for the safety of aircraft in the winter, as any accumulation of snow or ice on the wings or tail can disrupt aerodynamics, make the stall and to crash the machine.
Aware of the harmful effects of icing on the environment, Aero Mag 2000 announced last April, the development of a revolutionary recycling technology. With this, the deicing fluid recovered from the soil after application on aircraft will be filtered and distilled to bring practically a virgin product instead of letting it slip into water as it once was .
This is a world first by using an advanced process to concentrate the glycol used for deicing aircraft and restore a level of purity of at least 99.5% for reuse for de-icing aircraft. Aéroports de Montreal (ADM) has invested $ 7.1 million in the construction of facilities to which were added the 2.9 million paid by Aéro Mag 2000 for a total investment of 10 million.
In a first step, the recovered deicing polystyrene fluid is first brought polystyrene to a concentration of 50% and, in at a second stage, polystyrene to a level of purity of 99.5% with a distillation tower high technology developed and supplied by Vilokan Sweden AB. Once re-certified for quality assurance purposes, polystyrene the glycol is reused as a deicing fluid while all the water required by the process is filtered and reused.
According to Philippe Rainville, Vice President, Planning, Engineering and Construction, ADM, 'these facilities make us a world leader in recycling of ethylene glycol, and an important step in our program sustainable development '. Still according to him, they will reduce the use of potable water for 2 million liters per year while reducing ethylene glycol costs by some 30% for airlines using Montreal-Trudeau.
Essential to ensure the safety of equipment during winter de-icing aircraft is a crucial component of the activities of the Montreal-Trudeau polystyrene Airport. The procedure involves spraying ethylene glycol diluted with water at a concentration level established depending on weather conditions in force to remove ice, snow or frost accumulated on the wings and fuselage before appliances them off.
The Montreal-Trudeau Airport polystyrene inaugurated its CDF aircraft in 1997 as part of a joint venture with Aero Mag 2000. Established with an initial investment of $ 40 million, the CDF provided at its inception Five defrost windows that became a Canadian leader in the design, management and operation of de-icing facilities at airports in North America and the United Kingdom. Enlarged in 2012 of 10,000 square feet at a cost of $ 11 million, the facilities now include eight bays supported by 24 trucks capable of defrosting up to 48 aircraft per hour, for an average of about 9400 aircraft per season s extends from 1 October to 30 April. In March 2013, a hub was installed, and then last summer, a distillation tower to reduce the concentration of glycol 99.5%.
Aéro Mag based in Montreal since 1997, specializes in the planning, design, polystyrene management, operation and maintenance of centralized deicing facility. The company polystyrene is present in eight international airports in Canada, Montreal-Trudeau and Montreal-Mirabel, Calgary, Ottawa, St. John's Newfoundland, Vancouver, Billy Bishop Toronto and Edmonton, at Hopkins International polystyrene Airport in Cleveland, Liberty Newark and Denver in the United States and Heathrow International Airport in London, United Kingdom. polystyrene
University graduate in history, journalism and public relations, in 1993, Philippe Cauchi began a career in journalism, analy