2016 AIChE NorCal October Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 6:00pm-9:00pm PDT
Event format: 
In-Person / Local
Posted by Mahnaz Firouzi

Improve the Energy Efficiency of Fired Heaters with Big Data - by Ronald Wright, Ph.D., Mohammad Shahini, P.E. & Saleh Sedighi 

Enersimp, LLC

More than 60% of all fuel consumed in refineries is used in furnaces (fired heaters) and boilers and represents the largest energy consumers in petroleum refineries. They are also the main sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Small improvements in furnace efficiency can produce significant operating cost savings and GHG reductions. This presentation highlights a new software package that uses a revolutionary design analyzing large amounts of data to:

• Analyze several years of operating data for an unlimited number of furnaces,

• Establish efficiency baselines and benchmarks for energy cost and GHG emissions,

• Identify no-cost and investment options for each heater and evaluate the economic benefits, and

• Summarize Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for each heater.

Enersimp LLC, has developed a software program which incorporates the ability for handling large amounts of plant operating data to rigorously calculate unit efficiencies, and then use the program to calculate incentives for no-cost and investment options that will improve overall efficiency and reduce fuel gas consumption and GHG emissions.

More details about the company can be found at

Presenter: Ronald Wright, Ph.D.

Ronald Wright, Ph.D. (  is COO and a partner with EnerSimp LLC.   Prior to the formation of EnerSimp LLC,, he spent 32 years with Chevron U.S.A., where he held numerous positions throughout their refining and marketing system. He holds a BS and MS in chemical engineering from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Program consists of: 

6:00 - 6:30 pm   Networking 

6:30 - 7:30 pm   Dinner (Sponsored by Enersimp, LLC)

7:30 - 8:30 pm   Presentation 

8:30 - 9:00 pm   Questions and Wrap Up

The number of places available for this event is limited to 45. This event is free for all AIChE and Non-AIChE members. 

Contact: Akash Narani, Vice Chair, AIChE NorCal, Email: 016-aiche-norcal-october-month ly-meeting-tickets-27716450650