CEP: August 2014

The electric-power grid is being tranformed into a smarter network - one that could bring significant benefits to the chemical process industries. Learn what a smart grid is and how you can participate. Other topics this month include spray nozzle selection; calculating plant capacity; and Saudi Arabia's chemicals industry.


Get Smart about Electricity

According to the Edison Foundation, nearly 40% of U.S. households, about 46 million residences, are outfitted with a smart meter for monitoring and managing electricity use. Some of these meters operate under direct load control (DLC), which allows the utility to intermittently interrupt service to connected appliances — such as electric heaters, central air conditioning systems, water heaters, hot tubs, and clothes dryer heating elements — during periods of peak electricity demand. In return for their willingness to accept these short (typically no more than a few hours) power interruptions, customers receive a payment or a credit on their electric bill. Smart metering is a form of demand-side management, and is an important part of the evolving smart grid.

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Spray Nozzles 101: Spray Nozzle Selection

Back To Basics
Charles Lipp
Understand the two most common spray nozzle designs, as well as their basic characteristics, in order to choose the best nozzle for your application.

Calculating the Capacity of Chemical Plants

Reactions and Separations
Andrew Carpenter, Russell A. Ogle
Production capacity is a vital statistic for describing the performance of a chemical plant, but there is no universally accepted definition or means to evaluate it. This article provides a comprehensive definition of capacity and details the options for deriving it.

Saudi Arabia’s Chemicals Industry Continues to Grow

Global Outlook
Ahmad M. Al Othman, Leonard E. Gerlowski
Abundant and competitively priced petroleum feedstock has spurred massive growth in Saudi Arabia’s chemicals industry over the past five decades. As the Kingdom faces competition from neighboring countries, it will diversify to ensure further growth.

Special Section - Energy: Smart Grid (Full 26-Page Supplement)

Special Section
David M. Heitzer, Donald Chmielewski, Ernst Scholtz, Girish Ghatikar, Iiro Harjunkoski, Mary Ann Piette, Nathan Mancha, Sila Kiliccote, T Calloway, Xiaoming Feng
Smart Grid: The Basics - What? Why? Who? How?; You Are Not Alone; Implementing Automated Demand Response; Industry Meets the Smart Grid
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