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ChemGenes Corporation - Solvent Recovery and Recycling. 2013.

  ChemGenes has a long history with Toxics Use Reduction (TUR). Working with the Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) since 2005, the company has reduced its use of chloroform by 55 percent and hexane by 35 percent, resulting in a net savings of $215,000. Then, in 2012, the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at UMass Lowell awarded ChemGenes an incentive grant to help offset capital costs for a new solvent recovery and recycling system. The facility collected data, presented in this case study, from May through August 2013 of each batch run with the new system. In the long-term, ChemGenes expects to reduce the use of hexane and ethyl acetate by 27,000 pounds or 70 percent annually. Factoring in the TURI grant, ChemGenes estimates a return on investment in less than two years. Download PDF file (3.41 MB)