Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. delivers patented, cost-effective mercury capture solutions to coal-fired power plants and other large industrial coal-burning units. The Company’s proprietary technology delivers a flexible, tunable solution that allows the global coal-power industry to comply with new, highly restrictive regulations on mercury air emissions. It offers the least disruption to current equipment and on-going plant operations, while preserving the ability to re-cycle fly-ash for beneficial use.
- Business Type:
- Industry Type:
- Air and Climate - Air Pollution Treatment
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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Midwest Energy Emissions Corp (OTCQB: MEEC) started as a research and development (R&D) relationship with the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota. The EERC is one of the world’s leading developers of cleaner, more efficient energy and environmental technologies to protect and clean air, water, and soil. It is recognized worldwide as an expert in understanding mercury air emissions and for its research in the field of mercury emission capture in coal-fired power plants as well as from other sources. In 1993, EPA designated the EERC as the Center for Air Toxic Metals (CATM). Through this program, the EERC has established a solid foundation in the behavior, transformation, measurement, and control of mercury in coal-fired energy conversion systems (both combustion and classification).
Exhaustive research efforts between ME2C and the EERC address the full complexities of mercury emission control in power plants, delivering Total Mercury Control. Through ME2C’s research and testing, an alternative approach has been proven that provides for mercury emission capture rates over 90% in coal-fired power plants. The result is that ME2C and the EERC have developed a proven, leading-edge mercury emission control technology, SEA, designed to reduce mercury emissions in the flue gases of coal-fired power plants, on which ME2C controls the worldwide patents.
With a strong focus on continuous innovation and industry foresight, our vision is to deliver leading edge, cost-effective solutions for mercury emission control to utility boilers around the world.
ME2C was incorporated to commercialize a mercury control technology suite developed at the EERC of the University of North Dakota. This technology was licensed to ME2C from the EERC in 2009.
Through the early commercialization efforts, ME2C worked closely with utilities, commercial mercury capture vendors, and emission scientists and engineers to address mercury measurement and control by developing and testing a range of technologies. Early tests and experiments showed that while activated carbon was effective at some utility sites, there was a clear need for an alternative, multifaceted approach that could overcome low capture results and other emission-related problems.
Continued development, testing, and demonstration led to the commercialization of the SEA™ technology, which provides a superior solution to mercury emission capture, considering cost, effectiveness, flexibility, and the environment, with minimal disruptions to ongoing plant operations. Early commercialization success was had as far back as 2010, where ME2C was successful in contracting the Mercury capture systems and supply contracts for the two largest coal units in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Today, ME2C is bringing this technology to clients all across the United States and Canada and, in the near future, will be expanding to markets throughout Europe and China.