Canadian Manufacturing

PyroGenesis wins $300K U.S. Defense Dept. contract to destroy chemical warfare agents

Company's technology will undergo viability testing for use in war zones



MONTREAL—PyroGenesis Canada Inc.’s chemical warfare destruction system is heading south of the border.

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded the Montreal-based company an approximately US$300,000 contract to demonstrate the viability of its Tactical Plasma Arc Chemical Warfare Agent Destruction System.

“Recognizing both PyroGenesis’ success with the U.S. Department of Defense, and its current advances with a multi-national military consortium in testing a first-of-its-kind Tactical Mobile Plasma System, PyroGenesis has been awarded this contract to demonstrate how its current plasma process can be adapted to meet the program’s specific objectives,” Peter Pascali, the company’s president and CEO, said.

“A successfully developed system would safely destroy chemical warfare agent stockpiles onsite without having to transport these highly toxic chemicals to a remote location for processing,” he added.

The system is designed to destroy chemical warfare agents quickly and safely without generating hazardous by-products.

The ultimate goal of the project is to develop an easily transportable, one-size-fits-all solution capable of neutralizing any chemical agent without producing byproducts.

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