New Hydrogen empowers the Energy Transition


By Laurent Antoni, President of Hydrogen Europe Research

Hydrogen, as a clean, safe and versatile energy carrier, is part of the energy transition and is key to enable the renewable energy system and to decarbonize end uses. Hydrogen is the only zero-emission energy carrier with electrons. Hydrogen technologies are mature and have significant potential across all applications, in particular when looking for high payload, high autonomy and flexibility. A global collaborative approach of policy makers, investors and industry is needed today to enable the full potential of hydrogen in the energy transition.
Hydrogen & Fuel Cells are today! An international momentum worldwide with a strong position in Asia (Japan, South Korea and now China) but a strong European Public-Private Partnership with close collaboration between Industry (Hydrogen Europe Industry) and Research (Hydrogen Europe Research) is in place.
Industry sector can be an important costumer of the hydrogen sector in order to achieve its decarbonizing targets owing to “decarbonised” hydrogen.

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Fast Pyrolysis Bio-Oil - A new route to produce bio-based fuel and chemicals



By Mark Wanders and Goodarz Talebi, Technip Benelux

Fast Pyrolysis Bio‐Oil (FPBO) is a dark brownish syrup which is produced by thermochemical decomposition of (nonfood) cellulosic biomass. It can be used as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels to produce renewable energy, transportation fuels and chemicals. In this lecture an introduction will be given on Fast Pyrolysis Bio‐Oil technology, production and applications.
TechnipFMC uses proven BTG‐BTL Fast Pyrolysis Bio‐Oil (FPBO) technology as a commercial attractive way to produce advanced (second generation) biofuels. Complete turnkey FPBO units, including engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), with core components of the plant based exclusively on BTG‐BTL patented FPBO licensed technology are delivered.

Experience in the design and commercial operation of one of the world’s first FPBO production facilities (Empyro – Energy and Materials from Pyrolysis), resulted in a recent awarded EPC project.
TechnipFMC’s Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) technology is developed to enable co‐processing FPBO to produce renewable, second generation biofuels. This approach will enable the refining industry to produce biofuels and high‐value bio‐based chemicals without changing the existing refinery infrastructure.

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High Conversion of Vacuum Residue - Opportunities and Challenges



By Jan Steegstra, Director Technologies Business Development, Chevron Lummus Global

The lecture provides a deep insight into technologies for high or quasi-total conversion of vacuum residue. The presenter is discussing process and catalytic challenges of dealing with the conversion of vacuum residue along with actual commercial examples. In addition, the conversion of light and heavy distillate products of vacuum residue hydrocracking to finished transportation fuels or petrochemicals is accentuated.
Chevron Lummus Global is implementing major upgrading programs in various parts of the world, all dealing with reducing bottoms and maximizing middle distillates and/or petro-chemicals. The presenter will give examples based on proven technological solutions with emphasis on reliability.



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OMRIN HEERENVEEN collector and processor of waste

 Company Visit

Excellence in recycling is today a huge challenge. In future, waste will no longer exist but will be re‐used as raw material. In the Frisian language, the name Omrin means "cycle". Omrin shows best practices to efficiently sort waste to feed new production processes. Omrin has a new state of the art plastic separation plant for producing plastic variety streams out of plastic waste. Those can be used for producing plastic granules having the same quality as “new” ones. New products are fabricated from recycled waste materials. Chemical companies should also play a role in the continuously expanding circular economy.

Attached is a video impression of the guided plant visit at the Omrin separation plant at Ecopark De Wierde at Heerenveen.

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How Data Analytics and Digitalization are Reducing Operational Cost and Improving Production Efficiency



By Rene Akkermans, Regional Account Executive EMEA, Rockwell Automation

Process industries represent a significant share of the European industry in terms of energy consumption and environmental impact. Process optimization can lead to significant savings, both economic and environmental. Predictive modeling can prove effective when applied to the optimization of production processes. Predictive models are built using the data obtained from production processes. The operation data are key to business transformation and enable organizations to become a future-ready. However, the application of these techniques is not straightforward.
Rockwell’s Advanced Analytics and Model Predictive Control is an intelligent software layer on top of basic automation systems. This technology continuously drives your plant to achieve multiple business objectives including cost reductions, decreased emissions, consistent quality and production increase.
The patented parametric hybrid modelling technology combines first principles with empirical modelling techniques to provide the most accurate representation of complex, nonlinear processes. These models can be used to provide real-time and predicted measurements for process variables, reducing dependency on lab samples. The advanced multivariable model predictive control (MPC) algorithms provide excellent closed-loop control performance on even the most complex processes.



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