Mainstream Engineering Awarded Contract from the Department of Energy for electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to useful chemical intermediates

ROCKLEDGE, FL – March 10th, 2017 Mainstream Engineering Corporation, a 31-year-old Brevard County manufacturer with a history of leading-edge research and development that has resulted in advanced, lean-manufacturing, cost-competitive products, which are all made in the USA, has been awarded a contract from the Department of Energy to demonstrate the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide into useful chemical intermediates.

Dependence on fossil fuels for energy has led to a far-reaching secondary problem of increasing carbon dioxide concentrations. This rise in carbon dioxide levels, as well as the other so-called “greenhouse gassesâ€, has, in turn, led to concerns over global climate change. “There is a need to go beyond the basic capture and storage approaches to mitigating this carbon dioxide rise.” says Dr. Robert P. Scaringe, President of Mainstream Engineering. With the ever-growing demand for key chemical intermediates and fuels, there is an expanding need to develop methods to capture, recycle and reuse carbon dioxide. Mainstream has developed an innovative technology to remove carbon dioxide from the air, directly recover the carbon and then convert the carbon into useful chemicals and hydrocarbon fuels.

Mainstream will be demonstrating a configuration that provides an energy-efficient, high rate approach that directly reduces carbon dioxide, thereby providing a path to the electrosynthesis of useful chemical precursors and fuels. This will allow for the efficient reduction of carbon dioxide into a range of useful chemical precursors.

About Mainstream Engineering
Mainstream Engineering Corporation is a solutions-oriented research, development, and manufacturing small business with a history of leading-edge R&D that has resulted in advanced, American-made, cost-competitive products. Founded in 1986, Mainstream’s mission is to transition thermal control, energy storage, and energy conversion technology into high-quality, cost-effective, environmentally safe, green, commercial products. Products include lightweight diesel engines, thermal control units, biomass conversion technologies, refrigerators/freezers for shipping containers, and the QwikProduct™ line of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) products. Areas of research include thermal control, energy conversion, power electronics, turbomachinery, chemical technology, and materials science.