Mantra secures Canadian patent for ERC process
A pilot plant will convert CO2 to formate salts and formic acid.
VANCOUVER — Mantra Venture Group Ltd. and its subsidiary, Mantra Energy Alternatives Ltd. now have the Canadian patent for their ERC (electro-reduction of carbon dioxide) process, which converts carbon dioxide into high value chemicals and fuels.
Similar patents have been granted in China, Australia, and India.
“The timing of this news could not be better, as we are preparing to launch our pilot unit in Canada in the coming months,” said CEO Larry Kristof. “This granted patent will serve as the basis for a great deal of additional intellectual property generated from the pilot.”
The pilot plant, for the conversion of carbon dioxide to formate salts and formic acid, will be operating on the site of the Lafarge cement plant in Richmond, BC early next year.
The Vancouver-based clean tech incubator described the pilot as the world’s first demonstration of electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction in an industrial setting, paving the way for the first commercial installations.
Mantra Energy Alternatives is currently developing two electrochemical technologies designed to make reducing greenhouse gas emissions profitable, ERC and MRFC (Mixed-Reactant Fuel Cell).
ERC converts the carbon dioxide into useful products such as formic acid and formate salts. By utilizing clean electricity, the process offers the potential for an industrial plant to reduce emissions while generating a saleable product and a profit.
MRFC is an unconventional fuel cell that uses a mixture of fuel and oxidant, which reduces the complexity and cost of the fuel cell system.