The release of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere, and its consequent impact on the environment, is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. ERC (Electro-Reduction of CO2) is a process for the conversion of harmful CO2 emissions, such as those from industrial sources, into high-value chemicals. The electrochemical process offers users the ability to reduce CO2 emissions while simultaneously generating a useful, salable product and thus a profit.
The ERC process can be “dropped-in” to any industrial CO2 emission source, with no retrofitting necessary.
Many different chemical products can be generated from CO2 through the ERC process. Currently, Mantra is focused on formic acid/formate and carbon monoxide/syngas. These are both high-value chemicals with large and expanding global markets. Formic acid and formate salts have a wide variety of applications in industry, including in agriculture, textiles and leather, pharmaceuticals, oil well drilling, and de-icing. Carbon monoxide, a component of syngas, is used on a massive scale in industry to produce carbon-based compounds such as methanol, synthetic natural gas, gasoline and diesel.
Formic acid and formate salts are also excellent energy carriers and can be used as fuels in Mantra’s MRFC technology.
Mantra is currently in the process of building the world’s first pilot plant for ERC. This plant will convert CO2 emissions from the Lafarge cement plant in Richmond, BC, into formic acid and its salts.