(199d) Process Development Challenges and Opportunities in Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 4:30pm to 4:55pm
Broad overview of current and future process technologies important to FEW nexus selected from various NSF and AIChE workshops and recent developments reported in literature will be presented. Challenges and opportunities for successful transition from concepts to commercialization of such technologies will be discussed with actual examples at various stages of development. Examples will be presented wherever possible to show how process research and innovation, pilot plants, technology transfer, process intensification and micro process engineering as well as product design will contribute to the nexus. Need for collaborative efforts among academics, government labs, and industry across multiple disciplines and countries for local applications for ultimate success in the FEW nexus will be highlighted.
The talk will also cover selected areas where chemical engineers in general and process development engineers in particular can make significant contributions. Critical need for process research, development, and demonstrations that enables new means of adapting to future challenges will be presented. As an example, out of the three main factors nitrogen, phosphorous, and water that limit our ability to produce enough food, nitrogen and water will be covered in detail. This section of the presentation will show how catalytic and waste water treatment technologies will play the role in connection to the FEW nexus.
Main goal of the presentation will be to make audience aware of theoretical and experimental process development challenges and opportunities of the future.