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  • 02-Dec-2016

Emergy Labs


The inefficient use of catalyst can increase capital and operational costs of chemical production. Emergy is developing a low-cost and highly porous catalyst support material that more efficiently utilizing space and expensive catalysts. Their innovation approach uses the unmatched efficiency of a biological system to simultaneously produce a sophisticated material and clean food processing wastewater during production.


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Who is your customer?

Supply managers at catalyst manufacturing companies. Operations managers at chemical production companies.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

The inefficient use of expensive catalyst can add to the capital and operation cost of chemical production. We are developing a solution that more efficiently utilizes the catalyst. This is an important feature as catalyst are used in >90% of all chemical processes, serving the petrochemical, chemical, and emissions control industries.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

We use a biological process to produce out material, which allows for efficient manufacturing and the use of low to no cost feedstock materials, greatly reducing cost of production. We also produce a highly sophisticated architecture in our material that optimizes catalyst use and efficiency. This is return can reduce capital cost - more efficient per volume, and operation costs - longer service life.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Our team has a combination of biology, environmental, and material science expertise, which is unique in the industry. We have both academic and industry R&D support that will help us develop this technology around the pains and needs of the customer. And finally we are taking a very novel approach to materials manufacturing that has yet to be attempted in this market.