Technology Development Sequence

The sequential outline is can help guide projects


  • Define products, specifications, requirement
  • Reconcile published product specification with in-use requirements to obtain preliminary real-world specification
  • Specify scales of operation contemplated
  • Define feedstocks, variation, storage/supply
  • Postulate impurities generated in conversion steps
  • Postulate anticipated side-reactions in downstream
  • List components and impurities, tag key trace species
  • Define separation and reaction tasks & needs
  • Prepare preliminary mass balance & economics
  • Safety review: exotherms, toxicity, etc

Concept Development

  • Review prior art, results to date
  • Postulate likely separation steps and sequences
  • Prepare technical & computational evaluation of process alternatives
  • Brainstorm improvements, new concepts
  • Select base case(s) of downstream sequence
  • Estimate needed physical properties and reaction data
  • Physical and chemical properties for species
  • Prepare process design at appropriate detail level
  • Reconcile with available data
  • Prepare mass and energy balances, calculate economics
  • Request additional data and testing
  • Design lab/bench pilot steps for separations, kinetics, or PPD

Process Design and Economics

  • Excel calculations, model input, assumptions list
  • Steady state model at full scale: ASPEN plus
  • Economic inputs: site related energy chemical costs
  • ASPEN mass and energy balances review and output
  • Coproducts, emissions, control equipment, costs
  • Specialized process equipment design tasks, costs
  • Capital cost estimation
  • Energy and chemical costs
  • Economics
  • Sensitivity, key parameters for design

Data and Reiteration

  • Define data needs based on model uncertainties
  • Review analytical methods
  • Property data
  • Scaledown from full scale to pilot
  • ASPEN or other model of pilot scale
  • Obtain data at scaledown conditions
  • Reiterate as needed framing, concept, design & data
  • Competive analysis
  • IP
  • Freedom to operate
  • Control analysis
  • Samples for clients, qualification