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Chemetry – Winner of the 2018 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards
Small Business Award - Cemetery Corp.
Chemetry won the Small Business Award at the 2018 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the American Chemical Society. The awards recognize companies that develop new technologies that help protect human health and the environment. The award announcement is featured in Chemical & Engineering News: https://cen.acs.org/environment/green-chemistry/2018-Green-Chemistry-Challenge-Awards/96/web/2018/10.
The award reinforces the impact of Chemetry’s efforts to develop and commercialize eShuttle™. The program for the award outlined the benefits of the eShuttle™ platform:
“The eShuttle™ Technology for Propylene Oxide and Reducing CO2 Emissions in the PVC Supply Chain”
Innovation: The novelty of the eShuttle technology lies in the elimination of chlorine as a chemical intermediate in the production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), along with a chlorine-free route to the production of propylene chlorohydrin, a precursor to propylene oxide (PO).
Benefits: The eShuttle process provides a 20% reduction in cell voltage over state-of-the-art chlor-alkali membrane plants and conversion of these plants to the eShuttle process will reduce emissions by 10 million tonnes of CO2 per year. The eShuttle process for PO reduces the power demand by 60% with respect to the conventional chlorohydrin process. In both cases, asbestos or mercury from the standard chlor-alkali and direct chlorination processes is eliminated, and the need for chlorine gas is avoided thereby removing the potential for creation of hazardous chlorination products and by-products commonly associated with current commercial PVC or PO processes. For the production of PO, there is a reduction in total waste to 5 tonnes of water/tonne of PO. Further innovations in the PO process permits the recycle of the concentrated brine and allows the process to be run as a zero liquid discharge process.
Chemetry’s eShuttle Technology for propylene oxide (PO) addresses the environmental challenges associated with existing commercial routes and shows superior process economics. Similar to the traditional chlorohydrin process for PO, wherein PO forms by ring-closing a chloro-propanol molecule with NaOH, the eShuttle process avoids the co-product liabilities associated with the use of organic peroxides. When compared to the reaction conditions used in the chlorohydrin route, the eShuttle reaction conditions have two environmental benefits. First, the eShuttle process produces propylene chlorohydrin without the use of chlorine (Cl2) gas by using aqueous copper chloride as the oxidant. The co-products in the reaction are thus HCl and CuCl, which can be reacted with oxygen in a separate vessel to regenerate the aqueous CuCl2. Regenerating CuCl2 through chemical oxidation reduces the power demand of the electrochemical cells by more than 60% when compared with the traditional chlorohydrin process. Second, the eShuttle reactor allows for the reaction to be run in such a way as to isolate the chlorohydrin prior to the epoxidation step. This separation step reduces wastewater by almost 90% and allows the possibility of zero liquid discharge.
Chemetry’s eShuttle process eliminates chlorine (Cl2) as an intermediate in the production of ethylene dichloride (EDC). The eShuttle technology replaces chlorine gas with a circulating stream of aqueous copper chloride. Cupric chloride (CuCl2) is contacted with ethylene where it reacts to form EDC and cuprous chloride (CuCl). The CuCl is then regenerated back to CuCl2 in an electrochemical cell that coproduces NaOH and H2. When integrated in this way, the eShuttle technology provides a straightforward replacement for the chlor-alkali/direct chlorination processes. In addition to eliminating the fugitive emissions and other human safety risks associated with Cl2gas, the use of aqueous CuCl2 also reduces the GHG footprint of EDC. Converting the anode reaction to Cu(I) oxidation saves approximately 600 mV of operating voltage in the electrochemical cell, which in turn reduces the power demand by almost 20%. Because the chlor-alkali process is electrically intensive, retrofit of existing EDC plants will save more than 10 million tonnes of CO2 annually. The process economics, which are cost advantaged up to almost $100/tonne of NaOH, have been demonstrated at the pilot scale at Chemetry’s facility in Moss Landing, CA.
Chemetry – Winner of the 2018 Clean Air Leaders Awards
2018 Clean Air Leaders Awards
The Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD) held the 2018 Clean Air Leaders Awards on May 31, 2018, at Nicklaus Club, 100 Pasadera, Monterey, CA. The winners of this year’s awards are:
Category: Climate Change Advocate
Ted Terassas and the City of Monterey
Dean Flippo, Monterey County District Attorney, received a special award of distinction and a standing ovation at the event. It was announced by Richard Stedman, MBARD Air Pollution Control Officer, that from this point forward, a Dean Flippo Award would be included in the annual Clean Air Leaders Awards.
Improving air quality and keeping our air clean is fundamental to the quality of life in our communities. The Clean Air Leaders Awards recognizes initiatives undertaken by individuals, organizations, and agencies in the Monterey, San Benito, and San Cruz counties.
For more information about the event please visit the website at cleanairleaders.com.
Chemetry Recognized in the 2017 Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Awards
Chemical Engineering Magazine 2017
Chemetry received Honors at the 2017 Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Awards that recognizes innovative Chemical Engineering technologies. This recognition emphasizes Chemetry’s efforts commercializing eShuttle™ as a breakthrough platform for producing chlorinated chemicals without generating chlorine. Chemetry is featured in “Process Commercialization: The 2017 Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award” in Chemical Engineering magazine: http://www.chemengonline.com/p
Chemetry team members also contributed to “The Road to Commercialization: Best Practices” in Chemical Engineering magazine based on the team’s scale-up experience of eShuttle™: http://www.chemengonline.com/r
Technip and Chemetry sign agreement for licensing and engineering of eShuttle™ technology
Proven technology reduces energy consumption in chlor-alkali plants
Technip Press Release - Paris, December 12, 2016
Technip and Chemetry have signed an exclusive cooperation agreement for the licensing and engineering of Chemetry’s eShuttle™ technology for the production of ethylene dichloride (EDC). EDC is a commodity chemical produced worldwide and used primarily for PVC(1) plastic production. The technology significantly lowers energy use, reduces the carbon footprint and improves the safety of the chlor-alkali and EDC industries.
The technology uses a unique metal halide ion process to produce high purity EDC without the generation of harmful chlorine gas. The process significantly reduces electrical power consumption compared to latest generation chlor-alkali processes. Power savings can be reduced by nearly half compared to older diaphragm or mercury-based processes. Additionally, the process is ideally suited for integration with oxygen depolarized cathode technology(2), which further increases energy savings. The technology was pioneered in Chemetry’s laboratory and integrated pilot demonstration facilities in Moss Landing, California.
The agreement leverages Chemetry’s expertise in electrolyzer design and halide chemistry with Technip’s global strength in technology licensing, process scale-up, engineering and procurement.
Technip’s operating center in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, will manage the agreement, with support from Technip’s office in Lyon, France. Both centers have first-of-a-kind technology development and engineering experience and are part of Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology, which looks after Technip’s expanding portfolio of onshore process technologies in petrochemicals, refining, hydrogen and syngas, polymers and gas monetization.
Dr. Ryan Gilliam, Chemetry CEO, said: “Since its founding, Chemetry has been focused on redefining how chemicals are made. From lower energy requirements and improved margins, to less impact on the environment and safer operation, we are developing a technology platform that will have a lasting impact.”
The eShuttle™ technology uses the same feedstocks and produces the same products (EDC, caustic and hydrogen) as conventional processes, making it ideal for retrofitting existing chlor-alkali/EDC plants especially where electrical costs are high. It also offers EDC producers the ability to expand production within the same cell room footprint and power requirements.
Stan Knez, President, Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology, added: “Technip is pleased to work with Chemetry on this innovative project. Our strong technology, engineering and commercialization experience coupled with Chemetry’s catalysis and electrochemistry expertise will enable us to provide customers with a complete technology and engineering package, a single point of interface and the highest quality standards. With the support of Technip’s technical teams in Boston and Lyon, we look forward to bringing the technology forward to full commercialization.”
(1)PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a widely produced synthetic plastic polymer that comes in two basic forms. The rigid form is used in construction of pipe, doors and windows; the flexible form is used for cable insulation and signage.
(2)The eShuttle™ platform is compatible with Covestro’s oxygen depolarized cathode technology which introduces oxygen into the standard chlor-alkali cathodic reaction eliminating the production of hydrogen and lowering the energy required to produce sodium hydroxide.
Technip is a world leader in project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry. From the deepest Subsea oil & gas developments to the largest and most complex Offshore and Onshore infrastructures, our close to 31,000 people are constantly offering the best solutions and most innovative technologies to meet the world’s energy challenges. Present in 45 countries, Technip has state-of-the-art industrial assets on all continents and operates a fleet of specialized vessels for pipeline installation and subsea construction. Technip shares are listed on the Euronext Paris exchange, and its ADR is traded in the US on the OTCQX marketplace as an American Depositary Receipt (OTCQX: TKPPY).
Leveraging its world class laboratories and piloting facilities, Chemetry is focused on developing lower energy technologies in the chemical space. Supported by a diverse team of engineering, scientists and plant operators, the company maintains an active research and development program and holds over 100 patents in the chemical and building material space. Chemetry is part of Calera Corporation, a clean technology company based in Moss Landing, California.
Chemetry Adds Robert Snyder as Chief Strategy Officer
Chemetry News - September 26, 2016
Moss Landing, CA, Sept. 26, 2016 – Chemetry, developer of the eShuttle™ platform, announced the addition of Robert “Bob” Snyder to the executive team as Chief Strategy Officer.
“Chemetry is excited to add a proven leader in the chemicals industry to the team,” said Ryan Gilliam, CEO, Chemetry. “After years of hard work in the lab and our piloting facilities, Chemetry has developed a technology that will truly change the way chemicals are made. Bob’s wealth of commercialization and industrial experience are critical to bringing Chemetry’s eShuttle™ platform to the market.”
Bob is a global chemicals and plastics industry executive and change manager. Throughout his career – which spans three major thermoplastics categories, specialty and commodity products, and major chemical companies through joint venture startups in the U.S. and Europe – he has captured operational improvements and skillfully built cultural alignment across acquired and geographically diverse businesses.
Most recently, Bob served as Vice President of Strategy for Axiall Corporation, a leading integrated chemicals and building products company. In that capacity, he led corporate planning, strategy, and M&A activity, implementing the divestiture of underperforming assets. Previously, he served as Vice President, Chlorovinyls and Aromatics, with commercial leadership and P&L responsibility for businesses with over $3 billion in revenue.
Before joining Axiall, Bob led a range of businesses in the U.S. and Europe at Nova Chemicals. He started with Nova in Switzerland as Vice President of the recently acquired polystyrene businesses. He returned to the U.S. as Global VP of Styrene Monomer and then Vice President and General Manager of the Performance Styrenics business. Bob began his career at Dow Chemical, where he advanced through Sales, Product Management, and Marketing, before joining DuPont Dow Elastomers as a member of the start-up team and leader of the global business development organization for the joint venture.
Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master’s of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
“I am very excited to be joining Chemetry at this exciting phase of the company’s development,” added Snyder. “Chemetry has the chance to alter the landscape of the commodity chemicals industry by lowering the power consumption in the process while reducing the exposure to a necessary but hazardous intermediate. I am excited to be part of the team that gets to introduce this revolutionary process to the industry and help reduce the environmental footprint while improving the economics of the processes involved. A truly win-win situation for the industry and the essence of sustainability.”
The eShuttle™ platform is a membrane based technology that avoids chlorine gas with a metal chloride reaction to produce caustic soda and a suite of chlorinated chemicals at less energy than traditional chlor-alkali and direct chlorination.