Revolutionary Chemical Process Developed in British Columbia to Extract Critical Minerals with Minimal Environmental Impact

Innovative technology created to minimize mining’s environmental footprint

A revolutionary chemical process is being developed in British Columbia to extract critical minerals with minimal environmental impact. Vancouver-based pH7 Technologies has created a closed-loop system using advanced chemistry that efficiently extracts and refines critical metals 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.

The ICE Fund, established in 2007 to support B.C.’s clean-energy sector, has invested $850,000 in pH7 to fund 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. This investment will help pH7 scale up its technology to meet the growing demand for critical minerals in the clean tech future while minimizing its environmental impact.

British Columbia’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Low-Carbon Innovation Josie Osborne praised pH7’s near net-zero environmental impact and expressed optimism about the potential for growth and commercialization of their technology with the support of the Province’s ICE Fund. PH7 founder and CEO Mohammad Doostmohammadi expressed his excitement about the prospects for expanding their technology on a larger scale while working towards more sustainable mining practices that benefit both industry and the environment.

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