ETHYL LACTATE PRODUCTION-EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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Ethyl Lactate Production By: Jeremy Jones, Trung Pham, Kristin Smart, David Splinter, and Michael Steele Capstone Design Project- University of Oklahoma - Spring 2003 Executive Summary The purpose of this report is to consider the economic implications of producing ethyl lactate as an environmentally friendly solvent. Ethyl lactate can be compared to traditional solvents produced from nonrenewable resources. Characteristics of a good industrial-grade solvent include the amount of toxic releases, a low evaporation rate, and a relation of the ability for the solvent to maintain its properties for reuse. By comparing these characteristics, it was shown that ethyl lactate is more environmentally sound, less costly per solvent effectiveness, and capable of surviving drastic environmental regulations. Input specifications were obtained for a business plan that determines whether ethyl lactate production could be a worthwhile economic venture. A process was designed to produce ethyl lactate from an esterification reaction involving ethanol and lactic acid.
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