The European Membrane Institute (EMI) Twente helps companies in the private sector navigate the route from idea to commercial application. We focus on four key phases within the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) framework:
- Feasibility study. This takes the form of a desktop or short experimental study in which we identify the key characteristics of the market and the commercial viability of the proposed product or application. This phase is usually completed within one month.
- Development up to proof-of-principle. We perform a full technical validation in the lab, identifying all ins and outs of the product or process. This phase culminates in the proof-of-principle and generally takes between one month and a year.
- Further development, testing and optimization up to first prototype. We devote attention to the production process, reproducibility and further optimization of the performance. Research results are compared to those of other membranes (benchmarking). This phase culminates in the production of a working prototype and is generally between six months and two years in duration.
- Demonstration under industrial conditions. The product is subjected to extensive testing in a small pilot plant under actual operational conditions. Assuming it performs to expectations, the product is now ready for upscaling and market launch. This phase generally takes between three and six months.