Check out some of EnergyX’s highlights!
- Founder Teague Egan has been compared to Elon Musk (founder of Tesla) by the BBC.
- World class team and international partners with over 100+ years of experience in materials for energy and water technologies.
- EnergyX already has agreements with 4 of the top 10 lithium producers in the world and an energy major (customers). Our technology improves lithium recovery rates from 30% to 90%.
- The annual battery market is $112 billion and is expected to reach $546 billion by 2035.
- Governments of countries around the world are imposing strict policies on fossil fuels such as oil, gas, and coal, and moving to renewable technologies that require lithium batteries.
- If we achieve our vision, we believe EnergyX has the potential to become one of the most valuable and transformative technologies of all time.
Executive Team & Advisors
The team is one of the most important factors when considering an investment. This incredible team combines an entrepreneur (Teague Egan, CEO), with a seasoned expert in renewables and water processing (Bob Wowk, CFO), a very serious expert in mining technology (Dr. Amit Patwardhan, VP of Tech), and a world-renowned professor and scientist (Dr. Benny Freeman) who is also personally invested in the company.
Teague Egan is a serial entrepreneur who has built a highly experienced team of scientists, engineers, and renewable energy experts. Egan invested in Tesla in 2013 at $7 per share and made a small fortune, which he has used to start and fund the majority of EnergyX to date. He is the leading investor and shareholder in the company.
Bob Wowk is responsible for all economic modelling, operations, and partnerships at EnergyX. His career includes 30+ years in the industrial gas and renewable energy sectors in the USA, Singapore, Canada, Munich, Dubai and South Africa. He has supported the business development and financing of projects valued at over $10 billion in a variety of industries and global locations. Wowk received his MBA from Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Amit Patwardhan heads all technology development at EnergyX including both the LiTAS™ program and the solid state battery program. Prior to joining EnergyX, Dr. Patwardhan held senior leadership roles at Rio Tinto, a global Fortune 500 company with over $40 billion in revenue, in their Industrial Minerals business group and corporate technology group. He received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering as well as his MS, PhD and MBA degrees.
Most of the EnergyX lithium membrane extraction technology to-date has come from Dr. Freeman’s lab and his group’s research. A professor of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Freeman has been a faculty member for 29 years, and is described in 433 publications and 27 patents / patent applications. He is currently the director of Materials for Water and Energy Solutions (M-WET), a US Department of Energy-funded research center.
Bob Galyen, an energy storage technology executive, was the founding CTO of CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited), the world’s largest battery manufacturer. With 38 years of experience in battery technology, Gaylen specializes in clean technology, lithium ion battery systems used in electric vehicles, and high efficiency storage systems. He currently serves as the Chairman of SAE International Battery Standards Steering Committee.
Lithium is the most important element of a battery. High concentrations of lithium can be found in salt brines, which are extremely salty waters. However, the technology used to extract lithium from the water is outdated and inefficient.
Lithium is currently produced using massive evaporation ponds, like the one shown below. Using evaporation ponds to extract lithium creates several major issues:
- Production takes a long time, 18 months on average
- Extracts as little as 30% of total lithium from the salt brine
- High operational and labor expenses
- Harmful to surrounding environment and indigenous communities
At the same time, global demand for lithium is growing fast, as governments, companies, and people around the world adopt renewable technologies that require lithium ion batteries, like electric vehicles (EV’s). Currently, 2 million EV’s are sold annually. By 2040, 56 million EV’s will be sold per year, a 2800% increase. In fact, total demand for lithium will increase by over 500% in the coming years (World Bank).
So EnergyX built LiTAS™ to answer that demand.
LiTAS™ stand for “Lithium-ion Transport and Separation”
The LiTAS™ system is a form of Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) technology that recovers up to 90% or 3x the amount of lithium as traditional evaporation ponds. Our technology also reduces production time to a matter of days and cuts costs. By creating a more cost-effective method of lithium production, we can reduce the cost of rechargeable batteries, electric vehicles, and other clean technologies.
Our LiTAS™ technology leverages a proprietary filtration system that is compatible with existing lithium producers and can hit recovery rates of 90%. We are also working on a Generation 2 that will completely replace existing technology, helping the world reach a more sustainable and efficient future.
Last, EnergyX is working on next generation battery technology with Dr. John Goodenough, the Nobel-winning inventor of the lithium-ion battery, that will someday potentially be able to charge a phone for over a week, or make a car last over 1000 miles.
THE LITHIUM AND BATTERY MARKET IS VERY, VERY BIG.
Our technology addresses the $112 Bn annual battery market. In 15 years, the market is projected to reach $546 Bn. Currently, lithium-ion batteries dominate the sector, accounting for 70% of the global market. Additionally, electric vehicles are expected to have a large jump in popularity with 56 million per year, a 2800% increase in demand, by 2040. We expect that our technology could be instrumental in helping companies around the world meet the growing demand for lithium.
EnergyX is fundamentally a technology company that plans to generate revenue in two ways.
- Technology Licensing Fee for LiTAS™ (Annual Recurring Revenue)
- Product Sales and Initial Implementation (One Time Purchase Fee)
Our business model is to make money from every ton of lithium produced using our LiTAS technology. We plan to make up to $1000 for every ton. The reason we are able to command this is because we save our customers so much money. An easy way to think about it is this: If we save our customers $2000 of cost per ton of lithium they produce, we ask that they pay us 50% of that, or $1000 per ton of lithium.
To put this in perspective, by 2025 it is expected the global lithium demand will be 1.5 million. If we capture only 10% of the market and 150,000 tons of production uses our technology, that equates to $150 million in annual revenue if we receive $1000 per ton.
Success to Date
The company has made major progress in the following areas:
- Product development: We have achieved all technical milestones, and engineering of LiTAS is almost scaled to pilot plant stage. We plan to deploy multiple pilot plants into the field during 2021.
- Go-To Market: Identified the quickest path to market and implemented a licensing model to work with existing producers as opposed to reinventing the wheel.
- Customer Traction: Several of the top 10 lithium producers have engaged with EnergyX in testing agreements
- Great Partnerships: Top tier university and industry partners with 100+ years of experience in the field.
- Intellectual property: The company has developed a robust portfolio of patents and patent applications.
- Growth Plans: We have created short term and long terms goals including a 10 Year Master Plan. At the end of the day, we will become an extremely valuable company by creating technologies that move the renewable energy transition forward.
Breakthrough Technology. EnergyX’s LiTAS membrane technology, developed by a world leading scientist at the University of Texas Austin and Monash University in Melbourne, is a true technological breakthrough. This is the first membrane that can separate lithium from magnesium, calcium and other impurities with which it is normally found. We plan to deploy multiple pilot plants into the field in 2021.
Smart Go-To-Market Strategy. We are looking to generate profit as quickly as possible. Lithium production is a massive, capital intensive industry with tens of billions in sunk costs. EnergyX doesn’t try to replace that at one go. Instead, our lithium separation technology can be integrated into existing lithium production locations, increasing the amount of lithium recovered, while lowering costs. Eventually it may replace lithium extraction as we know it today. In the short term, it’s a low-cost add-on, that increases lithium production at low cost.
Early Customer Engagement. EnergyX has agreements to share actual lithium brines (the extremely salty water from which lithium is extracted) with some of the largest lithium companies in the world, including announcement Orocobre and several of the other top 10. We have processed that water and produced that lithium at lab scale. These customers represent the very largest lithium companies on earth, and are also working with major oil & gas companies looking to diversify and extract lithium.
Partnerships With Global Companies. EnergyX is deeply engaged with partner companies including Membrane Technology Research and a multi-billion-dollar water processing giant ($18B revenue / year), who can actually manufacture these membranes and the systems they go into at scale. These partners have agreed to, and are actively working on the manufacturing processes that EnergyX has designed.
Large Patent Portfolio. EnergyX is an energy technology company, so we take our patents and intellectual property very seriously. We already control and continue to grow a robust portfolio of intellectual property and patents / patent applications. We own the rights to a Perpetual & Exclusive license of 5 Fundamental Mixed-Matrix Membranes (MMM) and Metal Organic Framework (MOF) patents. This means that EnergyX is the only entity that can embed Metal Organic Frameworks into mixed-matrix membranes. EnergyX filed a patent for specifics of membrane separation process in lithium, and has drafted 5 more patents around lithium separation methods and battery components bringing our total to 11.
We project significant growth along the rising demand of lithium both through existing producers and the development of new lithium miners. Current and future initiatives include:
- We plan to deploy 2-4 pilot plants into the field with partners in 2021.
- Commercialization for the burgeoning lithium market by the end of 2022 or early 2023.
- The ongoing improvement and optimization of our LiTAS technology to continue eliminating steps from the conventional production process, as well as decreasing operating expenses.
- The introduction of future planned generations of LiTAS technology
- Exploration of solid state battery technology using variants of EnergyX’s core membrane and MOF nanoparticle technology.
- An innovative, stand-alone laboratory to undertake research and development into alternative, renewable energy technologies.
To read EnergyX’s full 10-Year Master Plan go here.
At the end of the day, if you believe that the world is transitioning to a sustainable energy future, then join us and be part of the movement.
- Tesla is now more valuable than nearly every single auto manufacturer combined. The electric vehicles age is upon us.
- With millions of electric vehicles, comes billions of batteries, and tens of billions of pounds of lithium and other battery raw materials.
Invest to help us further develop our promising technology. The time is now.
Energy Exploration Technologies, also known as EnergyX, is a renewable energy technology company focused on two things.
- More efficient access to sustainable lithium production using direct extraction technology.
- Technology enabling solid state battery electrolytes.
The company is changing the way humanity is powering our world and storing clean energy with breakthrough lithium-ion technology and energy storage solutions.
EnergyX was founded in late 2017, and incorporated in 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Humanity is going through a critical tipping point right now with global temperatures at an all time high. Most of this is caused by human CO2 emissions. Humans are emitting over 30 billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year. This is compared to 650 million of the natural earth’s cycle of volcanic mechanisms. If we don’t correct this trend immediately, a terrible outcome lies in our future. We need to transition the world’s energy supply to sustainable forms with vast energy storage systems to avoid CO2 emissions and global warming.
We currently have between 10-15 team members and our group is quickly growing. Check out our Careers Opportunities Section if you are interested in working at EnergyX.
Our main laboratory is in the Silicon Valley Area right by San Francisco and Palo Alto, California. We also have ongoing research and development at the M-WET laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin. Our corporate headquarters is in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and we have back offices in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Get in Touch!
EnergyX has both research partners and commercialization partners. We secured the exclusive worldwide rights to a portfolio of technology from a tri-institutional collaborative effort between Monash University, CSIRO (the Australian National Laboratory), and The University of Texas at Austin (UT). The work was also backed by a $10.75m U.S. Department of Energy grant.
Aside from the $10.75m DOE grant supporting the University of Texas research, EnergyX has raised in the millions of dollars, and is a privately funded company with substantial financial backing.
EnergyX is not a lithium producer. We develop and distribute technology to help lithium producers more efficiently and cost effectively produce their battery grade lithium. Read below for more on our proprietary technology.
Direct Lithium Extraction
We invented a novel form of membrane to separate lithium ions out of the complex salt mixture in salt brines. Think of it like a soup with carrots, potatoes, broccoli and peas. You put the whole soup through a size sieve, where only the water and the peas fit through. In simple terms, this is how we separate the lithium from the rest of the ion such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, sulfate, and others, which are larger than lithium and have a different charge.
We had to create our own novel membrane to complete this process, which is patent protected. No membrane to date could target and separate specific ions in high salinity solutions. Other technology such as Nanofiltration work in low salinities, however LiTAS™ is a combination of a new class of materials called Metal Organic Frameworks (MOF) combined with polymers for stability, allowing robust mechanical features.
The lithium enriched brine sources pass through the LiTAS™ membrane a series of times to separate, extract, and refine the lithium to the appropriate level. This takes a matter of hours to days depending on a few factors. In some scenarios LiTAS™ may be complementary to conventional pond methods, however in comparison those take an average of 18 months to yield final product.
We use a cost effective electrodialysis mode of operation that minimizes electricity usage versus new competing technologies. Versus conventional technology that uses solar driven evaporation ponds, LiTAS energy usage will be marginally higher but a significantly smaller facility footprint makes it a much more environmentally friendly solution overall.
The first option is to use local sources of energy, hopefully provided by sustainable means such as solar or wind energy.
Lithium & Safety
The main sources of sustainable energy generation are solar, wind, and hydro power. Once the energy has been created from these sources, it is typically distributed through the grid and used immediately. Batteries come into play if we want to store this energy and use it at a later time.
Lithium, in its pure form, is the lightest metal in the world, hence why its energy density is so high. It is atomic #3 on the periodic table, and is the element that is used in the majority of the world’s rechargeable batteries.
Lithium is a natural resource that comes from the earth. Humans mine lithium from a few different sources. There are two main places are 1) From typical hard rock mining from a pit excavated in the ground, 2) From salt brines, which are very salty waters (>30%) which have high concentrations of lithium (think a salt lake). Most of the high lithium concentration salt brines are in South America in a place known as the lithium triangle.
Lithium is the main, non-replaceable, material in rechargeable batteries. Today the demand for batteries is growing exponentially in order to build electric vehicles, and to store renewable energy generated from solar and wind sources.
Timing & Costs
EnergyX is in the technology development and scaling stage right now. We must go through a series of in-field pilot plants before commercial facilities can be deployed. Our best estimate is that EnergyX LiTAS technology will be in the market within 3-4 years’ time. Solid-state battery technology could be implemented in the mid-2020's.
EnergyX has been covered in the press over 100 times and featured by Forbes, BBC, Bloomberg, Chemical Engineer, Financial Times, and many more.
Use of Proceeds
If the offering's maximum Reg CF allocation of $1,069,998 is raised:
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If the offering's maximum amount of $3,069,997 across Reg. CF and Reg. D is raised:
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This is a side-by-side offering of Common Stock, under registration exemptions 4(a)(6) and 506(c), in Energy Exploration Technologies, Inc., doing business as EnergyX. Up to $1,069,998.30 may be raised under the 4(a)(6) exemption. Netcapital will determine which exemption applies to your investment and notify you before you complete your investment.
The amount raised under the two exemptions must total at least $10,000 by January 22, 2021 at 11:59pm ET. If the total doesn’t reach its target, then your money will be refunded. EnergyX may issue additional securities to raise up to $3,069,997, the offering’s maximum.
If the side-by-side offering is successful at raising the maximum amount, then the company’s implied valuation after the offering (sometimes called its post-money valuation) will be:
EnergyX’s official name is Energy Exploration Technologies, Inc., so that’s the name that appears in the statements below.
These financial statements have been audited by an independent Certified Public Accountant.
The Offering Statement is a formal description of the company and this transaction. It’s filed with the SEC to comply with the requirements of exemptions 4(a)(6) and 506(c) of the Securities Act of 1933. Similar information is sometimes offered in a Private Placement Memorandum for 506(c) offerings.
We’re also required to share links to each of the SEC filings related to this side-by-side offering with investors.
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Be sure to understand the risks of this type of investment. No regulatory body (not the SEC, not any state regulator) has passed upon the merits of or given its approval to the securities, the terms of the offering, or the accuracy or completeness of any offering materials or information posted herein. That’s typical for Regulation CF offerings like this one.
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