Micromem Technologies Joins Norwegian EM TechnologyMarch 17, 2009
Under the contract, the company will develop and produce 3-d electromagnetic hydrocarbon and mineral survey tool.
TORONTO & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Micromem Technologies Inc., (OTC: BB MMTIF, CNSX: MRM) through its wholly owned U.S. based subsidiary Micromem Applied Sensor Technologies, Inc. (MASTInc), announced they have received a contract from Norwegian EM Technology AS (NEMT) to develop and deliver a three-dimensional electromagnetic tool to conduct resource surveys for discovering hydrocarbons and minerals. NEMT is a member of a group of companies owned by Norsk Mineralutvikling AS, which includes Excel Expro Norge AS, an oil and gas offshore exploration company, and World Port Kirkenes AS, a transportation and logistics company. NEMT is the technology arm of the group and is focused on environmentally friendly use of passive EM technology and reducing exploration risk and cost.
NEMT has chosen MASTInc to produce EM receivers based upon MASTInc's technology and leadership in its vision of where magnetic sensing is headed. Marius J. Mes, engineering manager for NEMT comments: "NEMT needs a small, directionally sensitive magnetic sensor with a sensitivity in the pico-Tesla range that allows a high sampling rate. This sensor needs to be combined with a directionally sensitive electrical sensor, a technology that MASTInc also possesses."
MASTInc has designed and manufactured a magnetic sensor that incorporates several technologically superior innovations that address extending the sensitivity range of the conventional Hall sensor. These innovations include patented GaAs substrate leading to improved ion mobility. In addition, patented magnetic lensing, arraying of small micron-sized sensors, and digital signal processing are all focused on breaking the price-performance barrier traditionally set by other magnetic sensors.
This partnership between the two companies represents a long-term commitment to reducing exploration costs and improving the richness of data available from new sensing configurations.
This is a multiple part deliverable and provides that MASTInc will have access to extensive field-testing of sensors. The initial airborne sensing array may be followed by test and deployment of huge sensor arrays in a land-based application. It is anticipated that this partnership represents millions of sensor sales globally over the next several years. NEMT has expressed an interest in a possible distribution agreement once the testing is completed.
Steven Van Fleet, president of MASTInc, states "This business approach is consistent with MASTInc's current focus on continual improvements in our sensor platform and partnering with companies that have deep domain expertise in various market verticals."
About Micromem and MASTInc
MASTInc is a wholly owned U.S.-based subsidiary of Micromem Technologies Inc., a publicly traded (OTC: MMTIF, CNSX: MRM) fables semiconductor company with headquarters in Toronto, Canada and an office in New York City. MASTInc responsibly analyzes the specific industry sectors to create intelligent game-changing applications that address unmet market needs. By leveraging its expertise and experience with sophisticated magnetic sensor applications, MASTInc successfully powers the development and implementation of innovative solutions for healthcare/biomedical, natural resource exploration, government, information technology, manufacturing, and other industries.
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