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AIChE Virtual Spring Meeting & 16th Global Congress on Process Safety

Aug 16, 2020 to Aug 20, 2020
Houston, TX, United States
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SwRI will be exhibiting at the AIChE Virtual Spring Meeting & 16th Global Congress on Process Safety.

We will be presenting on three topics at this conference. The presentations focus on the utilization of circulating fluidized beds for novel processes or reactions and project management techniques for process development.

"Development of a Single System for converting Carbon Dioxide to Value Added Chemicals Using Circulating Fluidized Bed Technology," Kyle March
Attendees will learn about our current internal work with CO2 conversion and utilization. They will also learn about our expertise in catalyst development and testing from lab scale fixed beds to circulating fluidized beds (CFBs), and the future capability of pilot-scale production of catalyst.

"High Pressure Circulating Fluidized Beds for Biomass Conversion to Fuels," Eloy Flores
Attendees will learn about our current patent on and development of high-pressure CFBs as well as our experience with different biomass materials and CFBs.

"SwIFT (SwRI Interdependent Flexible Time-Driven) Process Development," Monica Brinkman
Attendees will learn about our process for approaching and running projects and how we are able to efficiently reduce lead time as well as cost during the development of a process that may be as small as catalyst development or as large as pilot plant development.

Wednesday, August 19, from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Join us during our networking event, “Robustness and Flexibility in Pilot Plant Process Development Work.”

SwRI’s chemical and petroleum process development programs start from simple concept testing in the laboratory to operating commercial scale demonstration units. At SwRI, we test and evaluate a broad range of technologies, which span traditional refining and chemical unit operations to the newest methods for consuming plastics and carbon dioxide as feedstocks.  A few examples of this range are, thin film polymer commercial demonstration, natural gas to olefins, and carbon capture and conversion pilot plants.

With more than 40 years of experience in pilot plant process development, we have had the opportunity to learn what is successful for our clients when it comes to designing robust and flexible processes. Process development is a feedback process, and pilot plants require innovative and flexible designs to accommodate ranges of process conditions that may not be applicable to commercial scale processes. 

SwRI has compiled our learnings and developed a procedure for process development called the SwIFT (SwRI Interdependent Flexible Time-driven) process for information development. SwIFT process development is fundamentally about derisking a process and, if necessary, making as many mistakes as you can early on, at the smallest believable scale. SwRI staff are available to discuss process development and designing robust and flexible pilot plants from lab to demonstration scale.

For more information, please contact Kyle March.