Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. (OTCQB: MEEC) was created to commercialize a suite of mercury control technology developed at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) of the University of North Dakota. This technology was licensed to ME2C from the Energy & Environmental Research Center in 2009.
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. The EERC is recognized worldwide as an expert in understanding mercury in air and for research in the field of mercury emissions capture. In 1992, the U.S. EPA designated the EERC as the Center for Air Toxic Metal (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 gasification).
For the past several years, ME2C has worked closely with utilities, federal and state governments; commercial mercury capture vendors, and emissions scientists & engineers to address the complexities of 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 approach that could overcome low capture results and other emissions-related problems. Continued development, testing, and demonstration led to the commercialization of the Sorbent Enhancement Additive (SEA™) technology, which ME2C believes provides the best solution to mercury emissions capture considering cost, effectiveness, flexibility, and the environment with minimal disruptions to ongoing plant operations. ME2C is offering this technology to coal-fired power plants and utilities in the U.S. and Canada with future expansion into Europe and China at the appropriate time.