Sofame was founded in 1984 by Luc Mandeville and Michel Dallaire. Its first product was the Launrec RBT, a waste water heat recovery system, designed for laundries and dyers.
In 1994, the Company obtained its patent for the Hybrid Percomtherm and stood out as the world's first manufacturer of a technology producing energy by direct contact in addition to recovering thermal effluents.
Sofame further developed markets for industrial process water heating and heating of institutional and multiple-unit rental buildings. The year 1997 marked a turning point for Sofame as it was listed on a public stock exchange in Canada. Sofame is currently listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol SDW. In 1997, Sofame also obtained a patent for its Ultra-High Efficiency water heater, of which it is still the world'S only authorized manufacturer. In 1999, Sofame achieved a breakthrough in the European market. Its first major contract was the installation of a Percotherm on the site of the Gaz de France Montoire de Bretagne LNG terminal. During that year, it also received one of its numerous awards(20 over the years), from the prestigious ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers).
In 2004, and again in 2011 ASHRAE recognized SOFAME's outstanding technology by a second award for technology innovation. In the last 20 years, 500 SOFAME units have been installed. Some of the current installations include the pulp and paper industry, the dying and textiles industry, food processing facilities, hospitals, universities and district heating. To this day, SOFAME holds 5 Canadian patents and 4 American patents . It is sole proprietary for two of these technologies.