The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP) is pleased to announce to the Sarnia-Lambton community that Imtex Membranes Corp. will be constructing a scaled demonstration site located within the Sarnia-Lambton Hybrid Chemistry Cluster.
The initial announcement was made on Friday, Feb. 1 at Imtex’s Mississauga headquarters, where Canada’s Federal Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, announced Imtex would be receiving a $6 million funding injection from Sustainable Development Technology Canada.
The demonstration site will showcase Imtex’s patented gas separation process called PermyleneTM. Achieving a greater than 99.5% purification rate, PermyleneTM helps extract chemicals such as ethylene, propylene, and butene from gas, while reducing energy consumption by over 30% when compared to traditional separation processes, while also producing less waste.
President of Imtex Membranes Corp., Karlis Vasarais, said “The Sarnia Hybrid Chemistry Cluster provides a network of experts, suppliers, customers, and established infrastructure that we, as cleantech entrepreneurs, need to demonstrate our technologies at or near commercial scale.”
The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership and Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) have worked closely with Imtex as they worked through their site selection process and funding applications. Imtex credited SLEP and BIC with being forward thinking and acting as the catalysts for clean technology.
Stephen Thompson, CEO of the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership said, “We are thrilled to welcome Imtex to the region and believe that this commitment recognizes Sarnia-Lambton’s reputation as an outstanding location for implementing emerging technologies that will create the jobs of the future and reaffirms our reputation as a world leader in biotechnology.”
Vasarais thanked both SLEP and BIC at the event, noting both organizations “understand and embody values and principals for innovation and entrepreneurship that will spur new cost-competitive and low carbon economic activity in Canadian oil and gas, and petrochemical industries.”
Imtex’s hope is that their field demonstration system in Sarnia will further open the door for monetizing Canadian and Sarnia-based project opportunities.