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  • Managing Equipment Damage Caused by Corrosive Feedstocks Encountered with Biofuel Production (Part 2)

    When we talk about renewable fuels to the general public, many might imagine cars running on gasoline made from wildflowers and meadow grass. However, those who work in the industry recognize that the fats and oils used to make renewable diesel can be just about anything but that, and in fact often come from more prosaic sources, such as meatpacking waste. From a process viewpoint, waste sources can cause serious problems…
  • Managing Equipment Damage Caused by Corrosive Feedstocks Encountered with Biofuel Production

    When we talk about renewable fuels to the general public, many might imagine cars running on gasoline made from wildflowers and meadow grass. Those who work in the industry recognize that the fats and oils used to make renewable diesel can just about be anything but that, and in fact many come from unromantic sources, such as meatpacking waste. From a process viewpoint, waste sources can cause serious problems because…
  • Digital transformation in chemical processing: how to start small to scale big..

    The chemical industry is facing a unique challenge: a need for growth along with environmental regulations that each day are becoming stricter and more urgent. Limited resources, an aging workforce, aging equipment: achieving both efficiency and sustainability can seem impossible. But there’s a solution: creating an ecosystem of real-time data and actionable insights. In a word, digital transformation. Unlocking Data…
  • Lowering the Carbon Footprint by Optimizing Liquids Pipelines

    Pipelines move the energy required to make our modern world possible. Moving liquids from crude oil to produced end products is energy intensive. Optimizing the flow of these liquids is critical for more sustainable pipeline operations. Emerson’s Jennifer Worthen joined me in this podcast to discuss ways to drive more optimized performance. Give the podcast a listen and visit the SCADA Solutions & Software for Energy…
  • Refiners’ Guide to Digital Transformation

    Refineries make the fuels that make our way of life possible. Turning crude oil into usable fuels is a highly energy-intensive business. And it’s an industry that provides excellent opportunities for digital transformation. Emerson’s Jonas Berge spoke at the Asian Downstream Summit 2023 . His presentation, The refiner’s guide to digital transformation, shared how plant transformations in driving improved safety, sustainability…
  • AFPM Lifetime Achievement Award–Tim Olsen

    Congratulations to Tim Olsen for achieving an AFPM Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2023 AFPM Summit meeting in Dallas, Texas. The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) : …is the leading trade association representing makers of the fuels that keep us moving, the petrochemicals that are the essential building blocks for modern life and the midstream companies that get our feedstocks and products where they…
  • Improving Terminal Throughput and Efficiency

    Yesterday, we highlighted many technologies to improve loading and unloading operations . But what about the commercial and logistical sides to enhance efficiency and throughput? Emerson’s Kevin Niles and Sandy Tiu explore this question in a Tanks & Terminals article, Don’t Just Go With The Flow (pp. 19-22). They open the article by noting how increases in LNG shipments and crude oil imports and exports have increased…
  • Accurate Level Measurements in Boiling Hydrocarbon Applications

    The stated mission of our blog is to connect you with the experts here at Emerson from around the globe. Occasionally, I get copied on communications between a visitor to the blog and one of our experts. In the case of one I saw this morning. I wanted to share a generic version of the exchange and highlight some key points from a presentation shared. The blog visitor asked: I’m currently working in the Permian Basin…
  • Monitoring Corrosion and Erosion in Carbon Capture Applications

    In the process and hybrid manufacturing and production industries, fluids flowing through piping can cause corrosion and erosion over time. In a 4C Health, Safety & Environmental Conference presentation, Corrosion & Erosion Relates to 56% of Losses with Piping. Overcoming These Challenges While Increasing Carbon Capture.​, Emerson’s Justin Vasquez described the challenges and solutions to address these conditions. His…
  • Advanced Pipeline Leak Detection Podcast

    Pipelines are instrumental in moving energy around the globe. Offshore Technology cites some statistics . The total length of the global trunk/transmission pipeline network is 2,034,065.0 km (with start years up to 2023), according to GlobalData’s latest report. Of this total length, crude oil pipelines constitute 379,000.4 km [235,500 miles], petroleum products pipelines constitute 267,289.6 km [166,086 miles], natural…
  • Advanced Pipeline Leak Detection Podcast

    Pipelines are instrumental in moving energy around the globe. Offshore Technology cites some statistics . The total length of the global trunk/transmission pipeline network is 2,034,065.0 km (with start years up to 2023), according to GlobalData’s latest report. Of this total length, crude oil pipelines constitute 379,000.4 km [235,500 miles], petroleum products pipelines constitute 267,289.6 km [166,086 miles], natural…
  • Automation and the Renewable Fuel Transition

    Biofuels are part of the mix to increase the supply of renewable fuels in the global energy mix. In a Hydrocarbon Processing article, Accelerating the transition to renewable fuels , Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo and Julie Valentine share how these renewable fuels can “…create millions of jobs, spur rapid growth and drive technological innovation.” They open the article by noting that today’s: …new green fuels are sourced…
  • Automation and the Renewable Fuel Transition

    Biofuels are part of the mix to increase the supply of renewable fuels in the global energy mix. In a Hydrocarbon Processing article, Accelerating the transition to renewable fuels , Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo and Julie Valentine share how these renewable fuels can “…create millions of jobs, spur rapid growth and drive technological innovation.” They open the article by noting that today’s: …new green fuels are sourced…
  • Edge Computing to Automate Flare Monitoring

    Emerson’s Jill Burdette and Twin Eagle Solutions’ Kaylor Greenstreet presented experience with the use of edge computing to automate the flare monitoring process. Here is their session’s abstract: Twin Eagle Solutions has developed a flare monitoring and smoke detection solution powered by advanced edge computing platforms. The United States oil and gas industry has 6,292 flares that burn off 10.65 billion cubic meters…
  • Edge Computing to Automate Flare Monitoring

    Emerson’s Jill Burdette and Twin Eagle Solutions’ Kaylor Greenstreet presented experience with the use of edge computing to automate the flare monitoring process. Here is their session’s abstract: Twin Eagle Solutions has developed a flare monitoring and smoke detection solution powered by advanced edge computing platforms. The United States oil and gas industry has 6,292 flares that burn off 10.65 billion cubic meters…
  • Trends, Challenges and Solutions in Biofuels and Biomaterials Podcast

    In order to strike a fine balance between expanding global energy consumption and reducing GHG emissions, alternative fuels and materials, also known as Biofuels, Biomaterials, and Biochemicals, are gaining increased attention from worldwide leaders, including AP. As a part of our Asia-Pacific Sustainability & Decarbonization podcast series , I had a wide-ranging conversation with Emerson’s Sanjay Thakker on the trends…
  • Trends, Challenges and Solutions in Biofuels and Biomaterials Podcast

    In order to strike a fine balance between expanding global energy consumption and reducing GHG emissions, alternative fuels and materials, also known as Biofuels, Biomaterials, and Biochemicals, are gaining increased attention from worldwide leaders, including AP. As a part of our Asia-Pacific Sustainability & Decarbonization podcast series , I had a wide-ranging conversation with Emerson’s Sanjay Thakker on the trends…
  • Addressing Energy Transportation Challenges

    Companies across the energy supply chain are challenged to safely and reliably move energy with ever-growing challenges. This 2:42 YouTube video, Emerson’s Advanced Digital Solutions for Energy Transportation , shares ways that Emerson technology and solutions can help address these challenges.  Visit the Transportation section on Emerson.com for ways to better respond to changing customer demands and sustainability…
  • Addressing Energy Transportation Challenges

    Companies across the energy supply chain are challenged to safely and reliably move energy with ever-growing challenges. This 2:42 YouTube video, Emerson’s Advanced Digital Solutions for Energy Transportation , shares ways that Emerson technology and solutions can help address these challenges.  Visit the Transportation section on Emerson.com for ways to better respond to changing customer demands and sustainability…
  • Gas Leaks are Dangerous and Environmentally Irresponsible. Here’s How to Detect Them.

    In an Oil & Gas Engineering article, Emerson’s Jesse Sumstad reviews technologies for detecting combustible and toxic gas leaks. A study published in March 2022 , reports that among the 26,292 active wells and 15,000 km of natural gas pipelines in the Permian basin area of southeast New Mexico, natural gas is leaking at a rate of 194 metric tons per hour. Some individual leaks are large enough to be detected from satellites…
  • Gas Leaks are Dangerous and Environmentally Irresponsible. Here’s How to Detect Them.

    In an Oil & Gas Engineering article, Emerson’s Jesse Sumstad reviews technologies for detecting combustible and toxic gas leaks. A study published in March 2022 , reports that among the 26,292 active wells and 15,000 km of natural gas pipelines in the Permian basin area of southeast New Mexico, natural gas is leaking at a rate of 194 metric tons per hour. Some individual leaks are large enough to be detected from satellites…
  • Gas Leaks are Dangerous and Environmentally Irresponsible. Here’s How to Detect Them.

    In an Oil & Gas Engineering article, Emerson’s Jesse Sumstad reviews technologies for detecting combustible and toxic gas leaks. A study published in March 2022 , reports that among the 26,292 active wells and 15,000 km of natural gas pipelines in the Permian basin area of southeast New Mexico, natural gas is leaking at a rate of 194 metric tons per hour. Some individual leaks are large enough to be detected from satellites…
  • Digitally Transform Corrosion Monitoring in Refining Applications

    To remain profitable, most refineries are examining ways to reduce costs and boost production, and one of the first points of focus is feedstock cost as purchasing crude oil makes up the majority of refinery operating expenses. Opportunity crudes are often the answer to this matter, but behind the attractive lower price, these crude types have undesirable chemical characteristics such as high total acid number (TAN) and…
  • Digitally Transform Corrosion Monitoring in Refining Applications

    To remain profitable, most refineries are examining ways to reduce costs and boost production, and one of the first points of focus is feedstock cost as purchasing crude oil makes up the majority of refinery operating expenses. Opportunity crudes are often the answer to this matter, but behind the attractive lower price, these crude types have undesirable chemical characteristics such as high total acid number (TAN) and…
  • AIChE Fuels and Petrochemicals Division Award

    Emerson’s Tim Olsen received the great news that he had been selected as a recipient of the AIChE Fuels and Petrochemicals Division Award for 2022. Each year, this division recognizes individuals who have made substantial technological contributions to the advancement of fuels and petrochemicals industries. Tim will be the guest speaker at the Fuels and Petrochemicals Division Annual Awards Dinner held during the AIChE…