Technology Basics

Green Process Technologies

Switchable Solutions specializes in the design and operation of high value process technologies that are focused on the solvent challenges of our customers.

Our patented Switchable Hydrophilicity Solvent (SHS) system, invented by Canada Research Chair in Green Chemistry and internationally recognized Green chemist, Dr. Philip Jessop of Queen’s University, is a platform technology that is being developed to provide a greener and less expensive alternative to the costs and environmental impacts associated with the use of conventional organic solvents.

The potential applications include our current focus on the extraction of bitumen from mined oil sands ore with reduced water consumption compared to the current industrial processes and without the generation of fluid tailings ponds. The technology also has a range of longer-term applications, including remediation of contaminated soils, isolation of seed oils from bio-mass, and greener plastics recycling.