Troubleshooting is a common task for chemical engineers. Two articles in this issue cover the topic, one on downcomer scanning for diagnosing your tower or column and one on infrared thermal imaging cameras to troubleshoot process upsets in applications that are too severe, impractical, or unsafe for direct-contact temperature instruments. Other topics this month include air-cooled heat exchangers and process safety.
Making RAPID Gains in Energy Efficiency
In a 2012 report, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) examined energy-efficiency opportunities looking forward to 2050 and found that energy efficiency could reduce projected 2050 U.S. energy use by 40–60%. Achieving those reductions would require implementation of a wide variety of advanced technologies and infrastructure improvements throughout the industrial, transportation, commercial, and residential sectors.
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