Dynamic Intensification of Chemical Processes
- Establishing which systems have the right dynamics for this approach
- Determining the optimal periodic operating pattern for improving efficiency
- Testing these concepts at the pilot scale
Changes in operating strategy can potentially lead to considerable energy savings. This can be achieved without substantial process hardware changes and thus with low capital expenditure. In the context of divided wall column application, the implementation of these ideas can be a true game changer for energy consumption in the US chemical industry (there are around 40,000 distillation columns in operation, accounting for about 40% of the energy consumption for this industry). The technology transfer plan in this project will directly translate into first industry application.