Competitive Energy Systems Symposium

September 24, 2019

This 1-day symposium, co-organized by AIChE and GDA (Gulf Downstream Association), will focus on cutting edge, sustainable, competitive global energy systems. The 2019 Competitive Energy Systems Symposium addresses the challenges of staying competitive in a changing climate, with a narrowed focus on challenges and opportunities for innovation in the energy sector. 

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Competitive Energy Systems Symposium

Under the patronage of His Excellency Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain

The Competitive Energy Systems Symposium aims to highlight, educate and train industry professionals and researchers in recent innovations, technologies and policies in the energy sector to obtain a leading edge in the field. This symposium will feature renowned industry, academic and governmental experts to share the latest trends in the chemical industry.

The Symposium addresses the challenges of staying competitive in a changing climate, and opportunities for innovation in the energy sector.

This Symposium will look at how research in academia and industry can anticipate changes and stay ahead of the competition to continue to be profitable, including relevant drivers, innovations, emerging technologies, systems integration, and infrastructure needed to retrofit existing systems or build new ones.

  • Mikael Berthod, ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company) Refining Research Center (ARRC), Symposium Chairman

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Symposium Topics include:

  • Electrification of Chemical Industry: The chemical industry is on track for moving away from hydrocarbons, both for its energy and feedstock sources. Renewable energy in the form of electrons or heat, is limited to enabling production of non-carbon chemicals and intermediates, such as hydrogen and ammonia. However, many of the chemicals produced by the petrochemical industry are based on carbon. In order to produce these carbon-based commodity chemicals without the use of hydrocarbons, this session will focus on new R&D focusing on innovative ways to reactivate carbon from non-traditional feedstocks, such as carbon dioxide or shale gas.
  • Horizon Technology: New technologies can disrupt an established industry in unpredictable ways, while also presenting an exciting optimization problem, with new opportunities for integration, improved maintenance and reliability. What influence will horizon technologies like AI and augmented reality hold for the chemical enterprise? This session will delve into this question, focusing additionally on technologies like smart grids, microgrids, machine learning, and hybrid energy technologies.
  • Unique Applications of Solar Energy: This session will look at the many applications of solar energy in the chemical industry and beyond. Topics will include artificial photosynthesis; solar thermal applications to produce chemicals and fuels; desalination, including approaches for production of hydrogen.


Featured Speakers

Hans Fraikin

Hans Frainkin has 25 years of senior management and marketing experience, based in 13 countries on 3 continents. Hans has been country head for Twentieth Century Fox, director of a Canadian Crown Corporation, and as CEO of the QFTC, a Montreal Public-Private Partnership. During Hans' career he has generated $1.6 Billion of inward investment. Hans also initiated the Sustainable Production Program with Universal Pictures and Warner Bros.

In Hans' present capacity, he serves as CEO of Libra Project, a company dedicated to developing, funding, and operating renewable...Read more

Greeshma Gadikota

Dr. Greeshma Gadikota is an Assistant Professor and Croll Sesquicentennial Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University where she directs the Sustainable Energy and Resource Recovery Group. She is the recipient of the DOE CAREER award and serves as the thrust lead for dynamic characterization for the DOE EFRC Multi-Scale Fluid-Solid Interactions in Natural and Architected Materials (MUSE). She was selected as the Rising Stars in Civil and Environmental Engineering by MIT. Prior to Cornell, Dr. Gadikota served on the faculty at the University of...Read more

Torki Hemsh

Torki Hemsh, holds a Bachelor degree in Petroleum Engineering, and a Master degree in Petroleum Geoscience from Oxford Brookes University, UK. He has worked for the Syrian Petroleum Company from 1993 to 2005 as a reservoir engineer, and was a director in Al Furat Petroleum Company (joint venture between SPC and Shell) between 2005 and 2007. He joined the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) in 2007 as a petroleum expert. He has published more than 14 studies covering many fields in the upstream industry, and coauthored many more papers.Read more

Shakeel H. Kadri

As a renowned process safety leader in the world, Shakeel Kadri became the Executive Director of the Center of Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) in January 2015. CCPS is an Industrial Technology Alliance of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). In more than 4 years in this role at CCPS, Shakeel is passionately driving its mission to minimize significant process safety incidents globally.

Prior to this role, Shakeel spent 36 years at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. In his most recent role there for 12 years as Director of Global Process Safety and Risk Management...Read more

Ahmed Khogeer

Ahmed Khogeer has 29 years of field experience with Saudi Aramco in petroleum and petrochemicals fields covering refineries, lubes, Facilities Planning, Executive Staff, Research & Development, New Business Development, and Project management. He has been a member of Aramco project management for 15 years and is PMP (Project Management Professional) certified.

Dr. Khogeer is a founding member of King Abdullah University Of Science And Technology (KAUST), a leading university in the world, and a founder of YASREF refining complex, founded alongside two US organizations.

He...Read more

Howard Levin

Mr. Levin is a management professional and consultant with over 30 years of experience and expertise in international business development in B2B/B2G/Military markets for technology-based companies. Mr. Levin has proven cross-functional expertise in the commercialization of emerging technologies including marketing, product development, structuring new business ventures, and building strategic value for international companies.  Demonstrated ability to manage multi-million-dollar strategic partnerships and develop key relations in public, private and industrial settings with a diverse...Read more

Devinder Mahajan

Dr. Devinder Mahajan is Professor and Graduate Program Director of Chemical & Molecular Engineering and serves as Director of the newly established Institute of Gas Innovation and Technology (I-GIT) in the R&D Park, Stony Brook University.

His research includes monitoring energy policies and development of low-carbon technologies to address sustainability and climate change issues. He has published over 300 papers, delivered over 110 lectures, edited 8 special journal volumes, and holds 15 patents.

Dr. Mahajan’s awards include: New Energy Development...Read more

Philippe A. Tanguy

Prof Philippe A. Tanguy is the President of Polytechnique Montreal. Between 2009 and 2017, he worked for the international energy company Total in France and Germany, serving in several top R&D executive positions. His activities focused on the strengthening of corporate science policy including open innovation, the internationalization of research expertise sourcing, and the establishment of links with public research globally. He also promoted strongly the development of clean energy pathways and supporting technologies in advanced materials, new processes, and system analysis....Read more