WHODUNNIT? The Mystery of CO2 Emissions: Is the Flowsheet or Equipment to Blame?

Originally delivered Jul 21, 2010
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Chemical processes consume a large amount of the world’s resources, as raw materials to produce various products as well as energy sources to drive the processes. The chemical and petrochemical industry accounts for 30% of global industrial energy use and 16% of direct CO2 emissions (IEA, 2007). Therefore, in order to develop energy efficient processes, reduce raw material requirements and alleviate the environmental effects associated with processes, there is growing need for innovation in the design and operation of chemical processes.

The Centre of Material and Process Synthesis (COMPS) at the University of the Witwatersrand presents this webinar on novel techniques for designing chemical process flowsheets with an emphasis on reducing material and energy consumption as well as reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The webinar demonstrates an approach based on fundamental concepts: mass, energy and entropy balances. These concepts can be used to provide global insights into processes, establish rigorous targets for processes, enhance process performance, conserve natural resources and reduce negative environmental impact.

This webinar is of benefit to engineers involved in the design of chemical processes, and faculty at universities who teach courses and carry out research in process flowsheet design. Participants are taught a systematic approach for designing flowsheets for new chemical processes, and how to incorporate energy and environmental concerns at the very early stages of the design process.

COMPS is a research and engineering solutions group with the main focus area in chemical engineering and mineral processing. Its objective is to provide the latest cutting-edge methodologies and techniques to synthesise, integrate and optimise processes that support sustainable industrial practice. Through close links with 15 research entities within Wits and internationally, the Centre provides a unique multidisciplinary outcome focused approach to generate innovative and efficient solutions. COMPS also offers consulting and customised training to its industry partners. The Centre's expanding pool of engineers and scientists have developed tools to identify optimum solutions in the field of Process Synthesis.Over the past 20 years COMPS have made substantial progress in the fields of CTL, GTL and BTL, notably developing technologies to drastically reduce the associated carbon dioxide emissions resulting from these processes.


Professor David Glasser

David Glasser is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Centre of Material and Process Synthesis (COMPS) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He obtained his BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, and his PhD from Imperial College in London.

His research interests revolve around Mathematical Modelling of Processes, Optimisation, Catalysis, Process Synthesis, Biomedical Engineering and Process Intensification. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific papers and was Editor-in-Chief of the new book...Read more

Professor Diane Hildebrandt

Diane Hildebrandt is SARChI Professor of Sustainable Process Engineering and Director of the Centre of Material and Process Synthesis (COMPS) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She obtained her BSc and PhD in Engineering and Chemical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Her current research interests focus on the synthesis and optimisation of reaction and separation processes.

Professor Hildebrandt has authored or co-authored over 80 scientific papers and has received 306 citations in the past three years.

Professor...Read more

Dr. Bilal Patel

Bilal Patel is a consultant at the Centre of Material and Process Synthesis (COMPS), the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He obtained his BSc and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand.
He has received numerous awards during his PhD studies, including the NRF Scarce Skills Scholarship and the Mellon Postgraduate Mentoring Programme Scholarship.

His research interest is in the field of Process synthesis and integration. He is particularly interested in developing systematic methods and tools to aid in flowsheet...Read more

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