Hydrogen, Ammonia, Methanol > Hydrogen Network Optimisation - A Pathway to Sustainable Refining

About this Classroom Training

As the global energy landscape shifts towards sustainability, the petroleum refining industry is under immense pressure to decarbonise its operations and produce cleaner fuels. Pivotable technologies require hydrogen. These include hydroprocessing and the synthesis of ammonia and methanol. At present, most hydrogen is manufactured via steam/methane reforming, which consumes significant amounts of energy while coproducing tremendous amounts of CO2. Hence, recovering, purifying, and reusing hydrogen is a win-win scenario. At relatively low cost, hydrogen network optimisation enables refineries to meet stringent environmental regulations while increasing profitability and decreasing carbon emissions.

Participants will learn a methodology for optimising hydrogen use in petroleum refineries. The course presents overviews of major hydrogen producers, which can include catalytic reformers, steam/methane reformers, electrolysers, partial oxidation plants, olefin plants, gas-to-liquid plants, FCC units, and cokers. In addition, participants will receive an overview of hydrogen purifiers – amine treaters, lean-oil absorbers, PSA units, cryogenic units, and semi-permeable membranes with emphasis on the impacts of hydrogen purity on downstream hydrogen consumers.

Through case studies, participants will see examples of hydrogen network analysis, simulation, optimisation, and integration. The course also explores the linkages between refinery hydrogen networks, ammonia and methanol plants, as well as over-the-fence hydrogen supply options. Participants will receive guidance on how to adopt such strategies within their own organisations.

This course will be delivered face-to-face over 3-day sessions, comprising of 8 hours per day, 1 hour lunch and 2 breaks of 15 minutes per day. Course Duration: 8 hours in total, 24 CPD points. This course can also be delivered through Virtual Inspector Led Training.

By the end of this 3 days training course, participants will:

  • Demonstrate the different ways to produce hydrogen.
  • Make use of hydrogen storage options, including pressurised tanks, underground storage, ammonia, and metal hydrides.
  • Distinguish the integration refinery hydrogen networks with with ammonia and methanol plants, as well as over-the-fence hydrogen supply options.
  • Manipulate the analysis of hydrogen networks using techniques like hydrogen pinch analysis, multi-component modeling, and advanced process control strategies.
  • Identify and implement the hydrogen network optimisation projects to improve refinery efficiency, profitability, and sustainability.

This course has been designed for professionals working in the energy sector looking to further develop their careers to keep up to date on emerging technologies.

  • Process Engineers and Operators working in the units that produce and consume hydrogen.
  • Chemical Engineers involve in design and operation of hydrogen-related processes.
  • Energy Engineers responsible for optimising the integration of hydrogen into existing energy networks.
  • Environmental Engineers taking part in the role of hydrogen as the clean energy.
  • Industrial Engineers strive to improve the efficiency of hydrogen production, storage, and distribution.
  • Mechanical Engineers involve in designing and optimising infrastructure for hydrogen storage and transportation.
  • Maintenance Engineers accountable for ensuring safety and reliability.
  • Sustainability Managers responsible for ensuring optimal use of scarce resources by decreasing hydrogen losses.
  • Renewable Energy Specialists aim to reduce hydrogen consumption through conservation.
  • Operations Managers responsible for operating units while guaranteeing safety, optimising profit and sustainability.
  • Plant Operators responsible for safety and reliability during operation of hydrogen-related units.
  • Energy Analysts concern in energy data and trends.
  • Researchers working in the fields related to energy, engineering, and environmental science.
  • Intermediate

This course will provide comprehensive learning resources, including course materials for future reference. Each topic will commence with a clearly defined intended learning outcome (LO). The learning experience will be enriched through quizzes and group engagements. Participants will be directed to additional resources such as books, articles, case studies, and modelling tools. The course structure incorporates interactive elements, such as case studies, and practical exercises.

Your expert instructor is an expert in energy, with more than 40 years of experience in petroleum technology (particularly in the refining processes and catalysts), renewable fuels and chemicals, hydrogen production, and hydrogen network management. His experience includes operations, troubleshooting, process development, development planning, and real-time online optimisation. He presents well-received courses and lectures on hydrogen network optimisation, climate change science, process safety, petroleum refining, hydrotreating, and advanced hydrocracking to major energy companies in Turkey, Poland, Netherlands, Denmark, and the United States.

During his tenure in the energy industry, he was employed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Aspen Technology Inc., Topsoe, and three major oil companies – Unocal, Chevron, and Shell. At ORLN, he invented thermochemical cycles for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen and for splitting CO2 into CO and oxygen. At AspenTech, he was Best Practice Leader for hydrocracking optimisation and participated in numerous hydrogen network optimisation studies. At KBR, he was Chief Technology Advisor for VCC technology meanwhile at Topsoe, he was Lead Engineer, Global Hydrocracking.

After a year at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, he earned his PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. To continue his education, he is currently working on a master certificate in Environmental Policy and International Development from Harvard University.

Your expert instructor`s scholarly contributions include 12 patents and more than 90 publications, including 7 books and numerous book chapters. As of April 2024, chapters from Practical Advances in Petroleum Processing had 120,000 downloads. Chapters from the Springer Handbook of Petroleum Technology had more than 234,000 downloads.

Your expert instructor’s is an active member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), serving as Public Policy Chair for the Energy and Fuels Division. As a member of the ACS Committee on the Environment and Sustainability, he participates in drafting position papers for legislators. In 2021, he became an ACS Fellow.

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