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Reference Number InnUK/102079/01
Title Advanced Real-time Refinery Monitoring and Optimisation
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Process Systems Enterprise Limited
Award Type Collaborative Research & Development
Funding Source Innovate-UK
Start Date 01 February 2015
End Date 28 February 2017
Duration 25 months
Total Grant Value £299,797
Industrial Sectors
Region London
Programme Competition Call: 1311_CRD_IND_UK - India-UK Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Programme. Activity India - UK Collaborative Research & Development Prog
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Process Systems Enterprise Limited (100.000%)
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Oil refining is a trillion dollar industry. However, refineries are under increasing pressure from global competition, overcapacity and regulation and these are reflected in tight margins. Opportunities to improve refining margins include improvement of energy efficiency and yields of crude oil to valuable products. This project will develop two key innovations embedded in technology to improve refining margins: 1. More accurate, model-based approaches for dynamic state estimation: these will allow refiners to understand in real time the properties of different stream and the crude they are processing, allowing them to improve yields. 2. Dynamic optimisation of the CDU system. The CDU system is at the heart of the refinery and drives its economics. Improved operation can reduce the amount of energy required to process crude, convert more of the crude to valuable products and reduce the time required to switch between crudes.

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