Chemical and refining experts assemble for energy-water forum

June 19, 2013
, Houston, Texas
Water is cheap until it’s not there. That was the common concern of chemical and refining experts who assembled in Houston, Texas in June to discuss how to sustain industrial energy efficiency while meeting water needs for process cooling. The availability of water was considered to be a potential constraint in the future of manufacturing in many areas.

The forum ‘Sustaining Industrial Energy Efficiency in Process Cooling in a Potentially Water-Short Future’ was organized by the Institute for Industrial Productivity and Texas Industries of the Future, and attended by 37 chemical manufacturers, refiners, technology development specialists and research organizations.  Together they identified research, development and demonstration needs to facilitate the transfer of new technologies developed for the power industry to chemical manufacturing and refining operations. 

The presentations from the event are now available online and in IIP's resources (see below). They cover a broad range of topics – from optimizing existing cooling towers to technologies such as hybrid and dry cooling, and methodologies for evaluating technology performance.

Photo: Frank Roberto of Exxon-Mobil leading a small breakout group at the forum

Available resources from the forum to download (PDF)

I. Forum Agenda

II. Presentations (Download all at once in zip format)

1. Goals of Forum and Case for Action - Frank Roberto, Chair, Texas IOF Advisory Committee ExxonMobil Chemical Co. and Kathey Ferland, Texas Industries of the Future, The University of Texas at Austin

2. IIP, Addressing Energy Efficiency in the U.S. - Jim Quinn, Institute for Industrial Productivity

3. Current Situation: Update from LyondellBasell - Matthew Michnovicz, Principal Engineer Equistar Chemicals, LP, a LyondellBasell Industries Company

4. Potential Game Changing Cooling Technology Development for Power Plant, Water Conservation - Electric Power Research Institute, Jessica Shi, Ph.D. Technical Lead, Technology Innovation Water Conservation Program

5. Metrics for Evaluating Alternatives in a Typical Chemical Plant - Johnson Controls, Inc., Tom Carter, P.E. Senior Program Manager, Heat Rejection Technology

Process Cooling Technologies, Part 1

1. Evaporative Cooling Systems - Phelps Engineering, Pete Phelps

2. Air-cooled Heat Exchangers - Hudson Products Corporation, Robert J. (Bob) Giammaruti, VP & GM - FIN-FAN® Air-Cooled Heat Exchangers

3. EVAPCO Dual Coil Cooler - Hunton Specialty, Ron Sheppard

Process Cooling Technologies, Part 2

1. Advanced Dew Point Cooling Tower Fill - Gas Technology Institute, Yaroslav Chudnovsky, Ph.D. Senior R&D Staff, End-Use Industrial Solutions

2. Wet Surface Air Coolers - Niagara Blower, Chuck Marchetta, Senior Applications Engineer

3. Thermosyphon Cooler Hybrid System - Johnson Controls, Inc., Tom Carter, P.E. Senior Program Manager, Heat Rejection Technology