(ME2C) Midwest Energy Emissions Corp., a mercury emission capture technology company for power plants and other coal burning units, announced today that the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) Foundation has been awarded two new United States patents for mercury emissions control.
On May 1, 2012, EERC Foundation was awarded a United States Letters Patent (Patent No. 8,168,147) by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) entitled “Sorbents for the Oxidation and Removal of Mercury.”
On May 8, 2012, the EERC Foundation was awarded a United States Letters Patent (Patent No. 8,173,566) by the USPTO entitled “Process for Regenerating a Spent Sorbent.”
These patents, along with the existing United States Letters Patent entitled “Sorbents for the Oxidation and Removal of Mercury” provide significant protection for the intellectual property rights of ME2C. ME2C is the exclusive licensee to commercialize these EERC Foundation patents.
ME2C Chairman & CEO John Norris commented, “Through our exclusive rights to these patents, ME2C offers the utility industry a low-cost approach to removing mercury at the high U.S. EPA MATS-compliant removal rates from power plant emissions with minimal balance of plant impact. These recently announced patents significantly strengthen our intellectual property in the use of promoted activated carbon in the mercury removal arena in the U.S. Our U.S. position, in addition to our strong patents rights in Canada and China, should enable ME2C to be a leading provider of mercury control technologies worldwide.”