Process Int - About
Our most recent Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project has been awarded an outstanding rating – the highest possible – by an independent panel of assessors from Innovate UK. Working with Process Integration Limited (PIL) and the University of Manchester, KTP Associate Dr Lluvia Ochoa-Estopier developed a new approach for optimising refinery crude units. A new Artificial Neural Network (ANN) technology was used to create and capture the complex behaviour of crude distillation units, which is a radically different method to previous approaches. To field test the research findings, this leading research knowledge was applied in a live consultancy project for a European refinery. As a result of this real industrial application, the ANN technology has been validated by PIL’s clients and has led to increased interest in the development of the online tool, which in turn will help achieve a sustainable and profitable solution for future clients. Dr Megan Jobson, Reader…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 00:00

PIL Launches September Public Training

Approach Each section contains a set of learning objectives designed to help you quickly master the necessary heat integration principles. Under instructor-guided exercises, our hands-on approach allows you to practice, apply and evaluate what you have learnt in the classroom. Benefits  PIL's classroom training provides you with first-hand experience and the benefit of learning in an interactive and collaborative environment with other customers. After the Heat Integration course, you may take away a free pinch analysis product to refresh and revisit key elements learned at your disposal. Who Should Attend This course is designed for chemical, process or mechanical engineers or any other professionals involved in process design, operation and optimisation. Students who wish to master process integration technology to analyse industrial processes, where frequently heat integration occurs are also welcome to attend this course. Utility and energy managers should also attend this course. About the Trainer PIL's trainer has over 25 years’…
PIL recently completed a 4-year research project on water systems optimisation. ‘Reffiplant’ - which stands for ‘efficient use of resources in steel plants through process integration'. Funded by the European Union’s Research for Coal & Steel, this project involved 3 industrial partners and 3 consulting partners represented by parties from the UK, Italy and Sweden. In the past, water has been assumed to be a limitless low-cost resource. However, there is now increasing awareness of the danger to the environment caused by the over-extraction of water. The imposition of ever-stricter discharge regulations has driven up effluent treatment costs, requiring capital expenditure with little or no productive return. PIL teamed up with Tata Steel’s Scunthorpe Integrated Steel Plant and to work on the development of process integration solutions for the water network of integrated steelmaking industry, ie. recycling, reuse, and treatment of waste water. In particular, PIL developed models for key unit…
Process Integration Limited (PIL)'s client, Utility Support Group BV (USG), caters and fulfils the utilities and energy demands for all Plants on the Chemelot industrial park based in the Netherlands. It supplies steam, electricity, industrial gases and offers advice to its users on energy efficiency related to the operation of the Chemelot steam grid. The company handles CO2 emissions trading and waste gases recycling for its customers, ensuring a smooth energy output and operation are carried out at the Chemelot site. Chemelot is an active participant in the MEE covenant. The preparation of an Energy Efficiency Plan (Energie-efficiëntieplan) at the instigation of the Netherland Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland) is a part of the covenant. USG coordinates all contributions of the plants on the Chemelot site to one overall plan. The Netherland Enterprise Agency has announced a set of very stringent regulations for the content and goals to be achieved in the 2017-2020 plan. As a…
This autumn, Process Integration Limited (PIL) participated in the 10th Middle East Refining and Petrochemicals Conference and Exhibition (ME Petrotech 2016), one of the largest gatherings of downstream oil and gas professionals in the Middle East. 3,500 attendees across the globe have enjoyed this four-day top quality technical conference programme, which featured over ninety technical papers on process technology advancements. Amongst which, PIL’s research consultant Dr Lluvia Marisol Ochoa-Estopier delivered a presentation on the topic of crude oil distillation systems and heat exchanger networks. The presentation entitled “Recent Developments in the Optimisation of Crude Oil Distillation Systems” introduces a new operational optimisation approach for heat-integrated crude oil distillation systems to minimise operating costs and maximise product yields.  Changes in the Crude Oil Distillation units (CDUs) and Heat Exchanger Network (HEN) are explored simultaneously to exploit interactions within the system. This simultaneous approach leads to far better results, compared with optimising the…
  On 28-31 August 2016, over dozens of the PRES’ keenest professionals gathered for an exclusive conference to review the latest development and applications of process integration for energy conservation. The ‘PRES’ Conference – also known as the 19th Conference of Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction, aims to ensure progress towards making societies and regions more sustainable. Process Integration Limited (PIL) Company President Prof Robin Smith was invited to chair the Process Integration for Sustainable Development session. He also presented PIL Consultant Dr Mary Akpomiemie’s work on ‘New Developments in Heat Exchanger Network Retrofit’.   The presentation opened by addressing the challenges in obtaining cost-effective retrofit of heat exchanger networks (HENs). A new approach was presented, which considers the limitations of the application of heat transfer enhancement in retrofit such as identifying the best heat exchangers to enhance, dealing with downstream effects after enhancement…
PIL has presented at the 10th Middle East Refining & Petrochemicals Conference & Exhibition held on 26th-29th September 2016 in Bahrain. The Middle East Petrotech 2016 conference will feature over 100 high-level technical papers represented by worldwide technical experts and refining industry professionals. The conference addressed current issues of widespread importance to the downstream oil and gas industry. Under Technical Session 16: Energy Management, Mr Labanca presented the topic of ‘Comprehensive Modelling and Optimisation of Industrial Steam Systems’, a paper by Dr Yuhang Lou, PIL’s Senior Consultant and the Utility Division Leader. The paper introduces a new mathematical modelling approach which includes the detailed hydraulic models for the steam pipeline system. This approach enables a more comprehensive modelling of the utility system wherein the combined heat and power (CHP) station, steam distribution pipelines and the utility systems within individual processes are all represented together in a single model. Such a comprehensive…
Following PIL associate Dr Xuesong Zheng’s presentation at the Gas Processors Association (GPA) Europe Spring Conference 2015 in Hamburg earlier this year, PIL was invited to present at the GPA Europe AGM & Technical Meeting, held in London on 26th November 2015.   The paper, entitled “Energy Optimisation in Natural Gas Processing Plants”, describes PIL’s systematic procedure for energy optimisation in natural gas processing plants using its novel software platforms, i-Heat™ and i-Steam™.   i-Heat™ is a state-of-the-art software tool for the design, evaluation and optimisation of heat recovery systems in industrial processes. The software tool considers realistic industrial constraints leading to the generation of solutions that are both practical and feasible, as well as ensuring the designs obtained are optimal. i-Steam™ is a novel software platform to model, simulate and optimise modern steam and power systems. i-Steam™ considers a more comprehensive modelling of the overall utility systems providing additional degrees of…
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