Since January 2013, E-Flux has been a client company of Colorado State University (CSU) Ventures, an organization dedicated to the transfer and commercialization of innovative technologies discovered at CSU. E-Flux's offices and labs are housed at CSU's Research and Innovation Center.
Fossil Fuel Traps were invented by a team of researchers at the Center for Contaminant Hydrology at CSU, including research scientist Dr. Julio Zimbron and Dr. Tom Sale, a professor in CSU's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Developed with funding from industry sponsors including Chevron and Suncor Energy, the Fossil Fuel Traps were conceived as a cost-effective solution to the complex problem of accurately measuring petroleum biodegredation rates in soil at petroleum spill sites.
To meet the needs of this growing customer base, the technology was migrated from CSU to E-Flux, a private company founded by Dr. Zimbron to lease the Map Traps and Fossil Fuel Traps to customers and provide them with customized analysis of the data collected. This proprietary technology has been implemented at petroleum-impacted field sites around the world, including active and closed refineries, rail yards, gasoline stations, and industrial facilities.
In March of 2017, E-Flux launched its second product offering, the Map Traps. Utilizing similar but less sensitive testing capabilities, Map Traps are used to delineate
petroleum- based contaminated areas by providing a binary (yes/no) indication of the presence of petroleum.
A third product, Bio-Therm, followed shortly thereafter in May of 2017. Bio-Therm is a web-based thermal modeling tool used to enhance the conceptual site model. The knowledge gained from this tool allows site teams to maximize the benefit and timing of their treatment and testing efforts.