Quebec-based E2metrix has received an investment of over $4.5-million to help mining operations recycle wastewater and operate in a more sustainable way.
“We are going to make cleaning up mining wastewater less energy intensive, because it saves money and lowers emissions,” said Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan. “This investment is good for mining, good for our water, and good for the planet.”
The announcement was made by Élisabeth Brière, member of parliament for Sherbrooke and parliamentary secretary to the minister of economic development, and official languages.
“Developing Canada’s mining and minerals industry in more sustainable ways is key to our transition to a clean energy future,” said Élisabeth Brière, parliamentary secretary to the minister of economic development, and official languages.
“The Government of Canada continues to invest in innovative green technology projects that will grow our economy and support a more sustainable future for all,” added Brière. “I am pleased to announce funding to E2metrix, which is leading the way in sustainable mining.”
Wastewater for mining operations can often contain harmful pollutants and toxic chemicals. E2metrix’s ECOTHORTM technology will clean and separate contaminants, like ammonia and heavy metals, from the wastewater.
According to the announcement made by the Government of Canada, the process is a more effective, energy-efficient, and affordable way to reuse and recycle wastewater from mining operations. It will help companies improve water efficiency and reduce their mining operation’s impact on fresh water.
“The success of this project will be due to our exceptional team, which has persevered over the last few years in the development and optimization of our ECOTHOR™ electrotechnology,” said Mohamed Laaroussi, president and chief executive officer of E2metrix.
“This project will serve as an important foundation for ECOTHOR™’s market deployment in the mining and industrial sectors, both here and abroad,” added Laaroussi. “I must thank Natural Resources Canada for providing us with this opportunity and all the stakeholders involved in this project for their valuable collaboration.”
The company received funding through Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Growth Program, which invests in clean technology research and development projects in Canada’s energy, mining and forest sectors. The program is a $155-million investment fund. It helps natural resource sectors and innovators come together to accelerate the development of clean technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while minimizing landscape disturbances and improving waste management practices.
Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Growth Program also provided E2metrix Inc. with the capacity to collaborate with CanmetMINING on the engineering support and testing of pilot-scale technology. An additional $575,000 investment was made possible through the Program’s Science and Technology Assistance for Cleantech (STAC) initiative. STAC provides federal laboratory support for innovators to bring clean technologies to market by providing federal research expertise, facilities, and equipment.
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