A Brazilian chemical engineering student who used simulation software to show how emissions can be converted into electrical energy has been named the winner of Honeywell Process Solution’s annual UniSim Design Challenge. Herbert Senzano Lopes, a master’s degree student at Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), worked with Professor Vanja Maria de França Bezerra to design a solution to show how flare gas from pipelines could be reused to generate energy.
With UniSim Design, Senzano and França determined how oxygen could be used to increase the electric charge of volatile organic compounds released into the air by pipeline gas flares. Their simulation created 2.126 megawatts of electrical charge and showed potential to help reduce the release of organic waste oxides in the atmosphere, according to the company.
Senzano and França presented the winning entry, Flare Gas Recovery for Electricity Generation, during the annual Honeywell Users Group (HUG) Americas Symposium. The UniSim Design Challenge allows engineering students to propose solutions to real-world problems facing process manufacturers by using Honeywell’s UniSim Design Suite software.
UniSim Design Suite provides an interactive process model that allows engineers to create steady-state and dynamic models and is used extensively for plant design, performance monitoring, troubleshooting, operational improvement, business planning and asset management around the world. UniSim Design models may be leveraged into advanced training and optimization solutions provided by the UniSim Operations and UniSim Optimization suites.
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