Process Intensification Panel Discussion - AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 16 | 3:15 PM | San Francisco, CA
Tom Enright, Manager of Process Engineering at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, will participate in a panel discussion focused on accelerating the adoption of process intensification innovations at this year's AIChE Annual Meeting. Tom will discuss the scope of process intensification in the polymerization industries, the challenges in implementing the process intensification concepts, and look at how production flexibility or product flexibility be achieved through process intensification,
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AIChE Process Intensification Workshop
16 November 2016
3:15 p.m. Introduction from the Organizing Committee
Rebecca Fushimi, Idaho National Laboratory
3:20 p.m. Panel Topic: Chemical process intensification through heterogeneous catalyst development and
Panel Speaker: Billy Bardin, DOW Chemical Company
process intensification concept canbe used from the design and development stage of heterogeneous catalysts?
- When are disruptive technologies considered too risky to implement?
3:25 p.m. Discussion
3:40 p.m. Panel Topic: Addressing shale gas upgrading challenges through process intensification
Panel Speaker: Anne Gaffney, Idaho National Laboratory
- Modular technologies, how can distributed systems outperform
- Push back on new technologies
3:45 p.m. Discussion
4:00 p.m. Panel Topic: Application of
micro channelreactors in industrial practice
Panel Speaker: Anna Lee Tonkovich, Tonkomo LLC
micro channelreactors can be used in the industries instead of traditional reactors and the challenges in adopting this technology.
- When can micro-dimensional processes be applied to mega-scale production?
- Can numbering-up ever replace economies of scale?
4:05 p.m. Discussion
4:20 p.m. Panel Topic: Process intensification through compact heat exchange reactors
- The application of compact heat exchange reactors in industrial scale exothermic reactions and the challenges in adopting this technology.
- Can mass-production of modular systems outperform economies-of-scale processes?
4:25 p.m. Discussion
4:40 p.m. Panel Topic: Process Intensification through reactive separation: application in chemical industries
Panel Speaker: Ben Wilhite, Texas A&M University
- How reactive separation (e.g., reactive distillation) techniques can be adopted in commercial-scale chemical process plants and the challenges in adopting this technology
- Is process intensification sometimes just a trendy buzz word for good process design?
4:45 p.m. Discussion
5:00 p.m. Panel Topic: Process Intensification in polymerization industries
Panel Speaker: Tom Enright, Xerox Corporation
- The scope of process intensification in the polymerization industries.
- The challenges in implementing the process intensification concepts.
- How can production flexibility or product flexibility be achieved through process intensification?
5:05 p.m. Discussion
5:20 p.m. Panel Conclusions and Closing Remarks
5:30 p.m. Adjournment
Agenda - AIChE Process Intensification Workshop
Process intensification is a key trend in the chemical manufacturing industry and a rapidly expanding area of research. This year’s AIChE meeting brings together 5 sessions devoted to process intensification combing the forefront of global academic research with key industry stakeholders. These sessions will bring numerous in-depth reports of the state-of-the-art and novel concepts for heat and mass transfer integration as well as unique implementation strategies. In this plenary workshop, an invited panel representing industry, academia and government will open a dialogue for discussion with the general audience on the research needs and risk mitigation strategies that can help accelerate the adoption of process intensification innovations. The aim of the workshop is to consider a broader perspective of process intensification and examine the systemic issues that prevent successful implementation. For example, heat integration strategies find far greater adoption in industry than do multifunctional reactors and hybrid separations. When considering
valueand industrial adoption, the distinction must be made between incremental and disruptive technology. With the need to mitigate risk and maintain reliability, industrymay rationally ignore disruptive innovations. This workshop will capitalizeon the depth of knowledge exchange in the proceeding Process Intensification sessions and discuss the technical risks and uncertainties from an industrial perspective that may rule out the promise of exemplary performance. (AIChE)