Electrochemical Pathway for Sustainable Manufacturing (EPSuM)

Ohio University’s Center for Electrochemical Processes and Technology and its partners will develop the organizational structure for operating and sustaining an industry-led consortium on Electrochemical Pathway for Sustainable Manufacturing (EPSuM). In concert with this effort, the team will develop a roadmap that engages the chemical industry and its supply chain in identifying critical manufacturing needs, assessing technology options to meet these needs, setting technology research priorities, and devising a sustainable plan for developing and implementing new or improved process technologies.

The nation’s $1.5 trillion chemical industry employs 800,000 workers and indirectly supports 5.5 million additional jobs. The industry confronts technology challenges, including uncertain energy supplies, energy-intensive manufacturing processes, and the need to reduce waste and conserve water.Failure to develop and implement manufacturing technologies that solve these challenges will hinder the growth of the U.S. chemical industry and jeopardize its global competitiveness. Due to recent technological progress and changing economic factors, electrochemical technologies and processes now represent a relatively untapped frontier of opportunity for unique, enabling, and transformative solutions that can benefit the entire U.S. chemical industry, from major producers to lower-tier suppliers. For example, environmentally friendly electrochemical methods can be used to convert alternative feedstock into useful components, such as alcohols, hydrogen, polymers, and fuels.



EPSuM Workshop was held April 16, 2015 at Bayer Material Science (100 Bayer Road, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15205).


EPSuM Workshop Updates: Follow the link to get workshop updates from the Advisory Board.


PolymerOhio is conducting a Needs Assessment of companies to analyze and evaluate current electrochemical processes being used by industry. If you would like to participate, please contact Gary Walzer at Gwalzer@polymerohio.org.

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