News Index24 February 2014
PSE mentioned in UK minister's Peterhead CCS announcement
"High-tech software for modelling and optimising CCS"
PSE was today mentioned by the UK Minister of Energy, Edward Davey, as an example of "innovative UK based companies creating thousands of jobs with a world-wide market worth £100bn by 2050" in carbon capture & storage (CCS). The context was the minister's announcement in his blog of today's signing of a multi-million pound contract with Shell to develop their CCS project at Peterhead gas power station – the first project of its kind anywhere in the world.
He said that "Process Systems Enterprise, originally a spin-out from Imperial College … has developed high tech software for modelling and optimising CCS, from single capture plants to entire CCS chains and networks". The reference is to PSE's unique gCCS whole-chain CCS system modelling product, which is currently in the final stages of industrial pre-release testing.
Mr Davey said that the UK is now leading Europe with two commercial scale CCS projects in development, which are part of the Government's Top 40 Infrastructure projects. Taken together, these CCS projects could provide over 2000 jobs during construction, reduce the UK's carbon emissions by around 3 million tonnes a year, and provide clean electricity for over 1 million homes.
PSE awards €5000 Model-Based Innovation prizes
Winning Rutgers ERC-SOPS paper demonstrates gPROMS application to pharmaceutical tablet production
Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), the Advanced Process Modelling company, today announced the winners of the prestigious PSE Model-Based Innovation (MBI) Prize for 2013.
PSE, providers of the world-leading gPROMS modelling platform, awards an annual €3000 winner's prize and two runners-up prizes of €1000 each for the most innovative use of advanced process modelling techniques in support of published research. The prizes will be awarded at a reception on Wednesday 6 November at the AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
The winners of the main prize are Marianthi Ierapetritou, Fani Boukouvala, Vasilios Niotis, Rohit Ramachandran and Fernando Muzzio of Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA for their paper An integrated approach for dynamic flowsheet modeling and sensitivity analysis of a continuous tablet manufacturing process, published in Computers and Chemical Engineering.
The judges summarised the research presented in the paper as "an excellent piece of work that demonstrates gPROMS's advanced capabilities in high-fidelity modeling of solids processes, including the integration of models obtained from literature, and the ability to use the developed flowsheet models to perform dynamic sensitivity analysis simulations for the identification and quantification of critical sources of uncertainty".
Runners up were Alex Kalbasenka from PURAC Biochem and Adrie Huesman and Herman Kramer from Delft University of Technology, for their paper Modeling batch crystallization processes: Assumption verification and improvement of the parameter estimation quality through empirical experiment design, and Jason Bentley and Yoshiaki Kawajiri from the Georgia Institute of Technology for their paper Prediction-Correction Method for Optimization of Simulated Moving Bed Chromatography. Full details can be found on the PSE website.
The prize is judged by a team of leading academics in the field of process systems engineering, Professors Stratos Pistikopoulos (chair) of Imperial College London, Rafiq Gani of TU Denmark (Lyngby) and Michael Georgiadis of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
gPROMS is widely used throughout the chemicals, energy, petrochemical, food and pharmaceuticals sectors, including some 200 academic organisations. Mark Matzopoulos, deputy MD, says "PSE has a strong history of working with academic communities around the world to foster innovation, through our academic programme, the MBI Prize and our Partnership for Advanced Process Modelling. We congratulate our winners on the quality of their work."
Leading biobased food ingredients and biochemicals company adopts gPROMS Advanced Process Modelling (APM) technology
Custom modelling of innovative processes key requirement
Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), the Advanced Process Modelling® company, today announced a long-term software licensing agreement with leading biobased food ingredients and biochemicals company Corbion Purac for PSE's gPROMS® platform products.
Under the strategic 6-year collaboration agreement PSE will provide its APM technology within an integrated solution framework that includes PSE's unique gSOLIDS® flowsheeting tool for optimisation of solids process design and operation. PSE will also provide ModelCare® services to assist Corbion Purac engineers in the rapid delivery of projects and translation of existing process flowsheets.
Corbion Purac is a leading company in natural food preservation solutions, biobased building blocks & chemicals and polymers produced from lactic acid. Corbion Purac is the worldwide market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives and lactides.
The company chose the gPROMS platform because of its powerful dynamic and custom modelling capabilities. Additionally, the ability to combine vapour-liquid and solids handling aspects in the same 'custom flowsheeting' environment will allow full plant modelling and system optimisation in the future.
PSE's gPROMS is the world's leading advanced process modelling platform for the process industries. It is widely used to make better, faster and safer design and operations decisions by reducing uncertainty through deeper process knowledge than previously possible. This helps companies create lasting value through the ability to rapidly adapt to changing market and regulatory environments.
Mark Matzopoulos, VP of PSE's General Process Engineering strategic business said, "We are very pleased to see Corbion Purac making the switch to gPROMS technology as the next-generation choice, and also to be recognised as a provider of integrated modelling at all levels ? from batch to continuous, steady-state to dynamics, and vapour-liquid to solids handling processes ? within a single integrated framework.
PSE releases major update of gSOLIDS
Major model library enhancements plus improvements in speed, robustness and usability
We are pleased to announce the release of gSOLIDS 3.0, an integrated drag & drop graphical flowsheeting environment for process engineers and scientists in industries where particulate processes play an integral part, such as pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, agrochemicals, food processing, consumer goods and minerals and mining.
gSOLIDS 3.0 extends existing capabilities for drug product manufacturing with new tableting unit operation models for compaction, coating and in-vitro testing, all of which were developed in close collaboration with pharmaceutical clients. Other new models include an electrostatic precipitator, a dynamic screen model, a fluid bed agglomerator and an agglomerator that incorporates breakage models.
The new version brings significant improvements in speed and robustness. It also includes usability improvements in the form of an expanded set of sensor and control models which include holdup and stream sensors for reporting moisture content and particle size distribution (PSD) as volume density distributions and quantiles, as well as a PSD monitor that allows comparison of size distributions from different sensors. New facilities have been added for easy creation of operating procedures for batch processes.
Similarly to previous gSOLIDS releases, version 3 was developed in close collaboration with clients such as AstraZeneca, Novozymes, Pfizer and Procter & Gamble. A key advantage of gSOLIDS is that it is built on PSE's gPROMS advanced process modelling platform, which provides the ability to perform full steady-state and dynamic modelling, handle large numbers of recycles robustly, model complex operating procedures for batch and semi-continuous processes, and easily add custom models to reflect users' actual unit operations. It can also handle multiple solid phases, each with its own particle size distribution and size dependent composition.
Sean Bermingham, VP of PSE's Solids strategic business, says "The ability to handle dynamics – essential for batch process optimisation – as well as combine models and experimental data using population balance models, perform rigorous optimisation on large problems, and implement custom models rapidly, makes gSOLIDS unique in the solids processing industries. Our ModelCare service also helps customers achieve results rapidly".
PSE calls for submissions for €5000 Model-Based Innovation prizes
Best use of gPROMS advanced process modelling in support of research
We are pleased to announce the opening for submissions for the 2013 PSE Model-Based Innovation Prize.
PSE awards annual prizes totalling €5000 – a winner's prize of €3000 and two runners-up prizes of €1000 each – for the best published papers in which gPROMS family products are used to generate research results in a novel area of application or technology.
PSE is a leader in the fields of Model-Based Engineering (MBE) and Model-Based Innovation (MBI), in which high-fidelity mathematical models of processes and products are used to accelerate innovation and reduce technology risk. MBI helps to integrate R&D activities with engineering design, resulting in optimised process design and operation, reduced costs and timescales and higher R&D efficiency.
gPROMS is the world's leading advanced process modelling platform for such applications, and is widely used throughout the chemicals, energy, petrochemical, power, food and pharmaceuticals sectors. It is also used to support academic research in some 200 academic organisations around the world.
The 2012 main prize was won by Viviana Silva, Carla Pereira and Al?rio Rodrigues of the University of Porto, Portugal, for their paper PermSMBR?A New Hybrid Technology: Application on Green Solvent and Biofuel Production, published in the AIChE Journal of July 2011.
Anyone using gPROMS family products in support of research published between 1 July 2011 and 30 June 2013 is invited to submit a paper for the 2013 prize via the PSE website (www.psenterprise.com) by 15 July 2013. The prize is open to applicants from industry as well as academia.
Submissions will be judged by the panel of three leading academics in the field of Process Systems Engineering: Professor Stratos Pistikopoulos (Imperial College London), Professor Rafiqul Gani (Technical University of Denmark) and Professor Michael Georgiadis (University of Western Macedonia, Greece). Prizes will be awarded at the 2013 AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Mark Matzopoulos, PSE deputy MD, says "As a company closely involved in research and innovation throughout the process industries, we are keen to recognise and foster the efforts of others who are doing the same."
DNV and PSE report on ship carbon capture & storage
Maritime CCS "feasible and can reduce emissions by 65%"
On-board carbon capture for ships
We are pleased to announce the release of the results of the Maritime CCS (carbon capture and storage) project that we have been jointly undertaking with classification society Det Norske Veritas (DNV).
The project, now formally concluded, has successfully developed a concept design for on-board chemical capture, liquefaction and temporary storage of CO2 for ships in transit until discharge into transmission and storage infrastructures at the next suitable port. The results show that the concept is technically feasible and capable of reducing maritime CO2 emissions by up to 65%. For a VLCC tanker, this could correspond to capturing more than 70,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, transforming them from emissions to a tradable product.
"In response to more stringent environmental regulations and complex market conditions, we see an increased demand for innovative solutions towards higher efficiency and greener operations," says Nikolaos Kakalis, Head of DNV Research & Innovation Greece. "Our R&D activities, such as the carbon capture initiative which is completely new in the field of maritime transportation, pave the future towards next-generation solutions for achieving more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable maritime transportation".
Prof. Costas Pantelides, Managing Director of PSE, says "This has been a challenging design problem with tight constraints. Applying a model-based engineering approach has been key to exploring the process decision space rapidly and effectively, and developing technically feasible and economically viable solutions."
Maritime CO2 emissions are estimated at over 1000 million tonnes per year, or 3% of total emissions, and are expected to reach 2000 to 3000m tonnes by 2050. The UK government has included maritime emissions in the reduction targets set by the Climate Change Bill, and the International Maritime Organisation is expected to drive a reduction in emissions from international shipping. Because ship emissions are concentrated - unlike other forms of transport - the potential to capture CO2 at source has been the key focus of the project.
The Maritime CCS project was jointly financed by the two partners, the UK's Technology Strategy Board and the Research Council of Norway under the Eurostars initiative. The project took into account the unique challenges posed by the maritime environment - constant movement, limited space and access to utilities, stringent safety requirements and the need for energy efficiency.
Welcome to the new PSE website
You will probably have noticed the PSE website gradually changing over the last few months. This has culminated with the new home page, released this week.
The new website is designed not only to be cleaner and more modern, reflecting the innovation that PSE brings to the process industries, but also easier to navigate. A 'hub-and-spoke' structure allows easy exploration of solutions for different industry sectors (see the Chemicals & Petrochemicals page for an example), different product groups (see the Products page) and different application areas. The 'large footer' design provides a quick and easy way to links to all relevant pages in an area.
We hope you like it! If you have any comments and suggestions, please send them to Corporate Marketing Manager Kate Burness.