Standards for Techno-Economic Analyses and Eco-Techno-Economic Analyses supports the development of a uniform set of standards that are used when conducting Techno-Economic Analyses (TEAs) and Eco-Techno-Economic Analyses (ETEAs) on chemical and energy process systems. The standards would provide a uniform basis for comparing one process design concept to another across literature studies. This is currently almost impossible to do because each individual research study uses its own methods, assumptions, and definitions when performing analyses of proposed process concepts. However, each research study that conducted its TEA or ETEA adhering to this standard could be directly compared to another other, using established procedures, with little effort.

Example Use of Standards: Authors

Example Use of Standards: Readers

Key Standardization Dates and Events

  • February 19, 2022. The ballot will close! Please encourage your country’s member committee to vote for the proposal.
  • January 20, 2022. The “Signal in the Noise” tour finally resumes after an almost two year pandemic pause! Although visits to two other countries had to be cancelled due to covid restrictions, Dr. Adams presented at Mälardalens Universitet in Sweden to an enthusiastic audience (hybrid in person/virtual).
  • November 22, 2021. The ballot has been posted! Member countries may now vote on the proposal and whether to proceed with the project.
  • November 8-10, 2021. A final summary was presented at the TC 207/SC 5 plenary, and some committee member questions were addressed.
  • October 2021. Revised proposal to develop an ISO Technical Specification and associated draft standard has been approved by the Canadian Mirror Committee to ISO TC 207 / SC 5, and will be formally sent to ballot for consideration. Balloting likely to take open in November.
  • April 26, 2021. eTEA standards update will be presented to the RAPID Manufacturing Institute.
  • March 16-18, 2021. eTEA Standards Project Leadership will formally propose the project to the appropriate technical committee and subcommittee on Life Cycle analysis. This will launch a review period and a formal international vote.
  • March 3, 2021. CSChE eTEA Advisory Group will meet to discuss the upcoming proposal to the ISO to formally launch the standards project with them.
  • Nov 6, 2020. Initial proposal presented to ISO TC 207 / SC 5 plenary session. Delegation voted unanimously for a resolution to encourage a formal submission of a proposal for a technical standard for eTEAs. See Newsletter 4 for more information. See the presentation slides for more details.
  • May 1, 2020. Update: Cancelled due to pandemic. The next stop of the tour is at MIT for the Department of Chemical Engineering Seminar Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, with a “Finding the Signal” lecture. Time and place TBD.
  • Nov 26, 2019. We’ll be giving the “Maximizing Our Impact” lecture live on the AIChE’s Computing and Systems Technology Division’s Webinar Series at 11am Eastern Standard Time (i.e. Toronto/New York Time). You can join the webinar using this link. Participants can ask questions either by voice or chat message. The recorded video will be made available on and their YouTube channel after the talk.
  • Nov 11-13, 2019. We will be at the AIChE National Meeting in Orlando on these days. If you are going and want to meet to discuss the standards in person, email UPDATE: Great conversations with interested people. More keep getting on board each visit!
  • Oct 21, 2019. The next stop on the “Maximizing Our Impact” tour, ending where it began, will be at the Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in Halifax, NS, at 4:30pm in Room 613 of the Halifax Convention Centre. Update: Great turnout with attendees from all disciplines. Thanks Halifax!
  • Oct 4, 2019. The next “Maximizing Our Impact” presentation will be given at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada at 1pm in CHBE 102. Update: Standing room only!!! Thanks Vancouver!
  • Sep 20 2019. Another “Maximizing Our Impact” presentation given at West Virginia University to a packed house.
  • Sep 19, 2019. Visit with the US Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh, PA, to discuss the ISO standards development and other issues.
  • Aug 30, 2019. Another “Maximizing Our Impact” presentation to Eastman Chemical.
  • Aug 6, 2019. The ISO Standards Development lecture tour continues, with a “Maximizing Our Impact” presentation at Hatch’s Lunch-and-Learn series.
  • July 17, 2019. A formal call for the development of a standards committee took place at the Foundations of Computer Aided Process Design (FOCAPD) 2019 meeting at the Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado, USA, from July 14-19, 2019. The presentation focused specifically on the standardization approach. Slides available at LAPSE:2019.0620
  • July 11, 2019. The Standards Council of Canada has agreed to champion the standards development process. They have requested letters of support from industry, academics, government, or any stakeholder who could find value or need in such a standard. See “Get Involved” below for information on how to help!
  • July 10, 2019. The article “Maximizing our impact: A call for the standardization of techno-economic analyses for sustainable energy systems design research” by Thomas A. Adams II has been published in Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, vol 47, p359-364 (2019). The article makes the technical case for standardization and contains a more detailed form of the concepts presented at the FOCAPD 2019 conference (previous bullet). The conference proceedings are available here [if paywalled, ask your library].
  • April 1, 2019. Lecture at the University of Connecticut: “Finding the Signal in the Noise” by Prof. Thomas A. Adams II. See previous bullet.
  • April 1, 2019. Lecture at the University of Calgary: “Finding the Signal in the Noise” by Prof. Thomas A. Adams II will discuss the results of a recent-meta study on TEAs for carbon dioxide capture technology, and make a case for TEA standardization. Slides available at LAPSE:2019.0442

Get Involved

In order to create and adopt a universal standard, we need the involvement and input from stakeholders across the spectrum. Here is how you can get involved:

  • Send a letter of support. The Standards Council of Canada is championing the standards development process. As a part of the proposal process, they have requested letters of support from interested stakeholders, such as industry, government, academics, or anyone else who might be affected by such a standard. Please see this example template for guidance, and send your letter to We are interested in support from the entire international PSE community!
  • Join a committee or working group. We need stakeholders to participate in the technical details of the standardization process. In order for standardization to truly meet the needs of the international research community, we will require volunteers to serve on committees or working groups in a number of organizational and technical capacities. A call for interested persons will go out once the technical specifications committee is formed. Get on the mailing list now! (See below)
  • Provide feedback and input. Stakeholders can provide advice, input, feedback, and other helpful input to the standardization committee in order to best inform the development of the standard. The committee will, from time to time, put out requests for input. Look for these announcements on this page.
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  • Encourage standards adoption. Once released, everyone can help by encouraging (and using) the standard in your workplace, your classroom, your publications, and in your own work.

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