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Improving energy efficiency remains a major impetus at many chemical sites, given the impact of energy costs on plant economics. Here’s a look at some significant projects now underway and their results.
Distillation usually is the separation technique of choice at process plants — but is energy intensive. Operating companies are taking a variety of steps to boost energy efficiency and vendors are working on improvements, too.Many towers may benefit from potential improvements
Chemical makers are devoting considerable attention to preventing fugitive emissions from plant equipment. They are upgrading leak detection and repair programs, switching to better seals, and taking other steps to limit such pollution.
Advanced biofuels coalition Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels calls on the European Union to follow through on starting an advanced biofuels mandate in 2021
Plants benefit from real-time online measurements
Olympics showcase some of chemical engineerings best efforts
Plants increasingly are concerned about the quality, quantity and cost of the water they rely upon. This has spurred new or expanded efforts to conserve water. Here’s a look at what some sites are doing to save the resource.
Both chemical makers and industry consortia are continuing to tackle issues that undermine how operators do their jobs. Here’s a look at some of the initiatives now underway and what they promise for improving operator performance.
Pharmaceutical makers as well as other processors concerned about the cost of cleaning their equipment before reuse are increasingly opting for disposable units. This article looks at developments in such single-use equipment and their application.
A number of interesting projects now are underway at chemical plants. These include initiatives to take fuller advantage of digitalization. Here’s a look at what these projects involve and what benefits they already have provided or promise to provide.
Water Turns Green -- Conservation efforts are becoming a sustainability imperative at plants.
The use of renewable energy is getting increasing attention, spurred by improvements in technology as well as by collaborative “green” initiatives and government incentives. Here’s a look at some interesting developments.
The Internet of Things (i.e., machines communicating with other machines) and the growing popularity of mobile devices at plants promise to markedly transform and improve how chemical makers handle asset management.
The mandated phase-out of chlorofluorocarbon and now of hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants is prompting significant revamping of refrigeration systems at plants, and also spurring investments for manufacturing alternative refrigerant gases.
Automation vendors see big benefits from virtualization, which treats hardware and software as independent aspects of control system design. But is such a different approach actually gaining favor at chemical companies?
Development of enhanced technology and equipment for heat transfer promises significant benefits for many processing operations. Here’s a look at some interesting innovations to improve heat exchanger performance.
Insights on equipment gleaned via artificial intelligence, machine learning, etc., promise to enable more proactive efforts and dramatically alter maintenance strategies. Here’s a look at some recent developments.
An increasing emphasis on predictive maintenance, coupled with developments in monitoring technology and the relatively low cost of gathering data wirelessly, are prompting many initiatives at plants. Here’s a rundown of some significant efforts.
Makers respond to demands to run processes at lower and higher temperatures.
Immersive high-fidelity 3D visualization now is starting to play a role in the training of operators and maintenance staff at plants. Here's a rundown of some initiatives already underway.
Advances in coatings and materials, along with better monitoring, promise to prevent problems or extend the life of process hardware that is exposed to corrosive media. Here’s a look at some significant developments.
Two projects at Oak Ridge National Laboratory could revolutionize our understanding of the catalysts and catalytic processes involved in biomass processing.
As companies face the ongoing challenges of retaining institutional knowledge and effectively providing inexperienced staff with relevant insights, they increasingly are turning to virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Here’s a look at some efforts.
Novel processing techniques being developed in Finland raise the prospect of returning large quantities of waste textile material back into production.
Separate research projects in Switzerland and Singapore have made breakthroughs in understanding catalyst activity at the molecular level that could affect the way the chemical industry understands and uses them.