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Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Process Intensification(ST9906-1)

Starfire Systems, Inc.


Process intensification (PI) uses geometry to produce a high-shear environment that beneficially impacts the kinematics of chemical reactions in order to improve the performance of chemical processes. PI has existed for roughly thirty years, but recent advances in materials science, control technologies, and fundamental understanding have combined to make PI commercially practical. Interest has grown within the chemical and process industries (CPI), and Starfire is interested in PI because of the potential to improve product quality and reduce capital, raw material, energy costs, and waste generation.

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Project Description

Starfire Systems will work with the Process Intensification and Clean Technology Group (PICT) at Clarkson University. With this partnership, Starfire will evaluate a reaction process and a reaction/separation process, both of which are steps in Starfire’s process, with existing chemistries and conditions in PI equipment. The objective of the project is to optimize the PI process for cost and quality, and reduce capital costs, energy consumption, raw materials costs, and waste generation.


Starfire Systems is expecting to achieve improved mass transfer, improved heat transfer, a reduced reaction scale, and faster reaction/shorter contact times. There is potential for reductions of up to 50% in capital cost requirements, 30% in energy consumption, 50% in raw materials, and 40% in waste generation.

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Starfire Systems, Inc.
100 Saratoga Village Boulevard, Suite 20
Malta, NY 12020

Principle Investigator

n/a n/a

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Product Development

Technologies Types:

Industrial Products
Advanced Materials

NYSERDA Contact Information

Edward Kear


R&D - Mfg Tech & On-Site Pwr

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST9906-1

Last Updated: 2/7/2011 1