The E3Tec Team has developed heat integrated reactive distillation (HIRD) process equipped with side reactors. The process is applied to esterification of selected esters of organic acids to replace petroleum-based plasticizers and conversion of captured CO2 to value-added chemical products.
Primary Application Area: Materials, Chemical
Technology Development Status: Proven Manufacturability
FIGURES OF MERIT
Value Proposition: The visionary mission of E3Tec is to advance the TRL of cutting-edge technologies to improve energy efficiency and process intensification and to remove technical barriers of production of bio-based chemicals and conversion of CO2 to value-added products. In order to achieve this mission, E3Tec focuses on R&D as well as engineering design and demonstration, either taking the lead or working with another industrial organization. E3Tec’s strength is in its network of technical resources that can be made available for a given project. This project on integrated heat integrated reactive distillation (HIRD) equipped with side reactors and membrane is a good example of E3Tec’s visionary goal. Industry is actively pursuing manufacturing processes in these two areas and the E3Tec process development is expected to provide competitive advantages to alternates. E3Tec’s business strategy is based on licensing the process and/or strategic alliance with an industrial partner. Historically many technologies developed by small business entities like E3Tec using SBIR grants have been licensed leading to commercial products. E3Tec intends to follow a similar path forward and E3Tec considers this as a value proposition to the industry.
Organization Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)
Showcase Booth #: 46
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
Vetted Programs/Awards: E3Tec technology is in an early stage of developments. However, E3Tec has been contacted by industrial organizations for exploring collaboration and understanding the process development E3Tec has developed and continue to pursue.
SBIR/STTR Awards: DOE SBIR Phase I & Phase II (Feb 2015 – April 2018), $1,248,545
USDA/NIFA SBIR Phase I (Aug 2016-Feb 2017), $99,299
DOE SBIR Phase I & Phase II (June 2012-Aug2015), $1,148,058
DOE Phase I (Dec 2009 – Aug 2010), $139,842
External Funding to Date: CCEMC (ERA), Alberta, Canada 2014-2016, CAN$499,812
Project: conversion of captured CO2 to alkyl carbonates