Revolutionary ‘closed-loop’ technology paves the way for sustainable mining in BC

Innovative technology created to minimize mining’s environmental footprint

In British Columbia, a new chemical process is being developed to allow the mining industry to extract critical minerals with minimal environmental impact. pH7 Technologies, a Vancouver-based company, has created a closed-loop process using advanced chemistry to extract and refine critical metals. This process enables efficient extraction from low-grade resources or difficult substrates in a cost-effective manner.

The metal alloys produced by pH7, including platinum group metals, copper, and tin, are then refined by industrial customers. B.C. Minister of Energy, Mines and Low-Carbon Innovation Josie Osborne praised pH7 for their near net-zero environmental impact in extracting critical metals. pH7 founder and CEO Mohammad Doostmohammadi expressed optimism about the potential for growth and commercialization of their technology with the support of the Province’s ICE Fund.

With $850,000 from the ICE Fund, PH7 will conduct a pilot project processing 5,000 kilograms of raw materials per day, resulting in approximately 2,500 kilograms of extracted platinum group metals per year. The ICE Fund established in 2007 supports B.C.’s clean energy sector by funding projects that promote clean energy technologies and reduce fossil fuel consumption to help preserve the environment.

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