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Electrolysis membrane cell breakthrough

Mentum has developed an innovative electrolysis membrane cell introducing new materials allowing alternative assembly methods improving performance, cost-efficiency as well as operational window.

The starting-point for the development was to enable the cell to use seawater as an electrolyte without any form of pre-treatment. The main challenge related to this is the presence of Magnesium in seawater taking part in the electrochemical reactions and forming a substrate of the mineral form of Magnesium Hydroxide (Mg(OH)2) or Brucite as it often is referred to. This tends to clog conventional membrane cells. The new development reduces the impact of Brucite.

Mentum explores operational opportunities

Thermo-Service specializes in engineering, construction, consulting, installation and supervision of cargo hold insulation and other installation works on refrigerated cargo vessels (reefers). The activities came to an halt in 2004 due to international recline in the building of reefers. In 2010 this market is now returning to life to serve and an increasing demand for the services Thermo-Service once provided arrives. Visit Thermo-Service.

NOFO provides funding for Mentum in the development of applied Non-Chemical Oil Dispersion concept.

NOFO, the North Sea oil spill contingency Organisation provides funding for Mentum in the development of applied Non-Chemical Oil Dispersion concept.

Mentum is developing a strategy for the dispersion of oil-in-water debris following oil spill combat operations. An initial phase was undertaken in 2006 suggesting a certain potential in effectively dispersing oil-in-water without the use of chemicals. The results also suggested a reduction of the presence of hydrocarbons following treatment. The technology has since been refined and efficiency improved. NOFO is now co-funding a second phase addressing the dispersion application in particular. Tests are planned for March and April.

Mentum move offices to Bergehus, Oslo

On January 11th. 2010, we moved offices from Lysaker to Bergehus, Oslo.

Bergehus was the headquarters of the shipowner Bergersen for many years. The building was built in 1895 and designed by the architect Herman Backer.

Mentum contracted to undertake a scoping study for the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Shipbreaking issues.

ILO promotes social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. The organization have addressed concerns with regards to established practices related to Shipbreaking as undertaken in countries such as Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. A summary of their involvement can be found here.

The International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, adopted in May 2009 developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will enter into force only after 15 States representing 40 per cent of world merchant shipping by gross tonnage have ratified it. Furthermore, the combined maximum annual ship recycling volume of those States must, during the preceding 10 years, constitute not less than 3 per cent of their combined merchant shipping tonnage