The chemical and commodity processing focus area includes activities and projects relevant to the chemical processing industry and petroleum refining operations. A major consideration for applications in this sector is the desire to utilize the large asset base that already exists in the commodity chemical manufacturing space. Accordingly, efforts will be expended that advance modular and intensified technologies for retrofitting and debottlenecking of existing processes.
PI technologies can yield enormous energy savings in the Chemical Process Industries (CPI) and refineries. RAPID will manage a broad portfolio of PI activities in this sector, coordinated by the University of Texas and University of Houston.
Research, develop, and demonstrate intensification in selected key processes in major commodity markets with >20% improvement in energy efficiency using relevant testing environments. Pilot and commercial processes will be used as test beds supported by a strong modeling and simulation foundation. Key unit operations include dividing wall columns, reaction-enhanced separation, amine gas separation, solids processing, paraffin-olefin separation, brackish water treatment, ionic solvent extraction, water separation, and utility systems.