Table 1: Key characteristics of structured adsorbent versus granular sorbent material
During the last 10 years, Inventys has invested tens of millions of dollars in developing state-of-the-art solid sorption laboratories with vast capabilities that cover surface chemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, rheology, hydrodynamics, cyclic processing, mechanical testing, mechanical sealing, tribology, durability, and contaminants management. Inventys adsorption labs can measure the thermodynamics and kinetics of adsorption of various sorbents. These basic properties are then fed into customized dynamic finite element modeling engines to accurately predict the performance of our intensified processes. We can also test single-bed or multiple-bed arrangements with unattended laboratory-scale VeloxoTherm systems up to 100 kg per day.
Inventys has begun assembly of its pre-commercial production active materials and bed assembly line. The Company’s goal is to design, fabricate, install, and commission the assembly line to produce adsorbent beds for a profitable first commercial plant. The assembly line process consists of mixing, coating, printing, assembling of beds, and testing for quality control and performance.
Inventys’ first commercial manufacturing line is located at the existing Burnaby facility (BC, Canada). The line has been designed to run 24/7 with the ability to supply beds for approximately a 5,000 TPD plant per year. This first manufacturing line, when at commercial capacity, is expected to be a profit center while serving the needs of research and development in further refining the structured adsorbent bed process.
Inventys plans to roll out production in full capacity to serve the broad commercial market entry by the end of 2020, thereby saving approximately 24 months when transitioning Inventys’ current employees from the pre-commercial line to a full capacity line because of the existing expertise and knowledge of the people currently in place.