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Technology Commercialization

NORAM's expertise in electrochemical processes includes chlorate, chlor-alkali, and chlorine dioxide chemicals. We have designed and engineered greenfield plants, and retrofitted and expanded existing facilities for clients in North America, South America and Asia.

In the chlor-alkali industry, NORAM has patented technologies to remove bromine from the produced liquid chlorine and to handle and destroy nitrogen trichloride without the use of organic solvents. Developed in response to new environmental and health regulations affecting the industry in both North America and Europe, our bromine removal technology can produce chlorine containing less than 5 ppm of bromine. Its patented heat recovery scheme affords the lowest operating costs in the market.

NORAM's conceptual engineering work has supported the growth of one of the world's leading producers of sodium chlorate. Assignments for this client have included de-bottlenecking of seven sodium chlorate plants in Canada and Brazil, overall project management of a grass-roots plant in Canada, and project management of a major remediation project of a mercury-contaminated site.

NORAM expertise in electrochemistry has also extended to the development of new processes, including a highly efficient electro-winning process for electroplating of copper. The newly patented boundary layer (BLAND) anode reduces typical operating electrical consumption by 30% to 50% over conventional technology.

Our biggest development thrust in recent years has been in the area of electrochemical energy storage. NORAM has worked closely with several clients in the creation of technology for RedOx flow batteries for emergency power, firming capacity for renewables such as solar and wind power, peak-shaving and demand management applications. RedOx flow batteries (also known as regenerative fuel cells) represent a near-term, cost-effective means of storing energy on the Megawatt scale, and are far in advance of hydrogen fuel cells in terms of commercialization on the utility scale.