This webinar describes how the combination of equation-based optimization technologies and next-generation digital application framework enables easy application of fast, robust online site utility system optimizers. Such optimizers can be deployed rapidly and effectively to cut emissions and energy costs by 2-5% every day, thereby making a major and immediate contribution towards Operational Excellence and sustainability objectives.

A real industrial example is presented where PSE’s gPROMS Utilities solution, implemented within the gPROMS Digital Applications Platform, provides a digital twin for optimizing a site-wide utilities system. The twin is linked to plant data systems, updating itself through machine-learning capabilities, validating actual performance, identifying the current ‘profit gap’ and actions to remedy the gap and, where appropriate, identifying departures from normal operation. Cost-reducing operating changes are highlighted and clear instructions given to operators. Visualisation of the twin is seen to be critically important to give operators greater insight and confidence to run the process safely at the optimum point.

What this webinar covers

  • The challenges of operating utility systems at minimum cost
  • Introduction to a digital twin approach
  • Overview of the gPROMS Utilities solution, including a brief introduction to the gPROMS Digital Applications Platform
  • Workflow steps for applying a utilities optimizer digital twin
  • Industrial implementation, showing visualisation of results including operator dashboards, ‘profit gap’ displays and recommended operator actions
  • Future outlook and possibilities

Presenter(s)

Dr Steve Hall Dr Steve Hall is the Director of Digital Applications at Process Systems Enterprise (PSE). He has over 25 years’ experience in process improvement projects in the oil and gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and chemical sectors. His areas of expertise include conceptual process design, heat integration, process simulation/optimisation and combining process optimisation and dashboarding technologies for operational improvements.

Steve has a PhD from UMIST in the UK, has written papers on process improvement and has patents in areas of dehydrogenation and hydrocracking. He is involved in the promotion and application of advanced chemical engineering technologies in industry, is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK).
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