Skip to main content

GPA Europe Virtual AGM & Technical Meeting 2021

Our AGM and Technical Meeting once again goes Virtual for 2021. 

We will start our meeting at 09:30am GMT with four high quality technical presentations, followed by our AGM at 12:00pm GMT. Registration opens soon.


Start Date
Event Start
Start Time
Event Time
09:30 - 13:00
End Date
Event End Date
Event Address
TEAMS
Body

Welcome to the Virtual Technical Meeting & AGM

Our AGM and Technical Meeting once again goes Virtual for 2021. 

We will start our meeting at 09:30am GMT with four high quality technical presentations, followed by our AGM at 12:00pm GMT.

 

The Technical Meeting is £50/€60 for GPA Europe members and £75/€87 for non-members.

Our AGM which follows the Technical Meeting is free to attend for all GPA Europe members.

 


 

Become a Sponsor

We are seeking Sponsors - Highlight your institution - Discover our sponsorship packages and please get in touch with us today for more information.

 


 

Get involved today

Don’t miss out! Save the Date in your calendar and we will open registration shortly.

Don't forget to connect with us on LinkedIn, follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook.

 

Body

We are delighted to present our Technical Programme to you.

Please note this is subject to change. Information is being added regularly so do come back!

 

18 November 2021

09:30 - 11:30 GMT

"Technical Meeting"

 

09:40 - 10:10

Carbon Dioxide Capture Options For Steam Methane Reforming Based Hydrogen Manufacturing Units

Speaker: Gary Bowerbank, Shell Global Solutions

Does Your Refinery Or Chemical Plant Have A Steam Methane Reforming (SMR) Based Hydrogen Manufacturing Unit (HMU)?  Are you under pressure to meet your carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions mandate?

Growing numbers of national governments and energy companies, including Shell, are announcing net-zero-emission ambitions. To help fulfil their responsibilities under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, governments around the world are increasingly likely to penalise CO2 emissions.

Consequently, refiners and chemical plants have mandates to reduce their CO2 emissions substantially. For this, carbon capture, utilisation and storage is widely regarded as one of the most effective decarbonisation solutions.

An SMR-based HMU provides a major opportunity because it creates significant CO2 emissions that can be captured in two main ways:

  1. from the high-pressure, pre-combustion stream after the shift reactor before pressure swing adsorption line-up. This recovers less CO2 but has a lower capture cost per tonne of CO2.
  2. from the low-pressure, post-combustion flue gas. This maximises the amount of CO2 captured but requires a more expensive unit needing more space.

This paper/presentation will:

  • examine the key elements of a typical HMU and explain the options for CO2 capture;
  • conduct a cost–benefit comparison of installing pre- and post-combustion technologies at a typical HMU; and
  • provide a real-world example from the Athabasca oil sands project in Canada, where Shell is capturing more than 1 Mt/y of CO2 from SMR streams and generating valuable lessons for future projects.

 

10:10 - 10:40

Natural Gas fuels the Energy Transition

Speaker: Dr. Paul Hudson, Johnson Matthey

Climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the global drive to be greener have accelerated the move away from using fossil fuels to fulfil energy demands. Achieving this transition as a step change to net zero poses huge difficulties, however, transitioning from coal and oil to natural gas is widely seen as a logical step on the path to lower carbon energy. Increased utilisation of natural gas over coal and oil will reduce CO2 emissions but must be done safely and without increases of other pollutants including H2S and mercury. Fixed bed gas purification has been enhanced and developed over many years but what is achievable with the next generation of fixed bed absorbents? Can existing plants be upgraded without CAPEX? Can new plants be designed for increased efficiency of mercury and sulphur removal with lower CAPEX and OPEX? And can waste be reduced and handled in an environmentally conscientious manner?

 

10:40 - 11:10

How the unique characteristics and application of brazed aluminium heat exchangers are driving us towards a lower carbon energy future

Speaker: Oliver Knight, Chart Industries

Brazed aluminium heat exchangers (BAHX) were adapted for industrial use from the aerospace industry shortly after WW2. Today tens of thousands are at the heart of the cryogenic processes separating air, liquefying and processing natural gas and in propane dehydrogenation and ethylene cracking. They are highly prized as they represent the most compact and efficient heat transfer solution for gas/gas and gas/liquid duties.

As the world moves rapidly towards a lower carbon energy future, BAHX are already taking centre stage in many of the processes driving this change. They are fundamental to many of the liquefaction processes enabling small- and mid-scale LNG, including bio-gas liquefaction, and they’re proven offshore in FLNG and on-board boil-off gas recovery systems. BAHX have been used in hydrogen liquefaction for years and are a crucial part in the development of larger capacity liquefaction plants. Liquid air storage utilises air separation technology so it’s natural that BAHX are central to LAES plants and Cryogenic Carbon Capture™ is an extremely exciting process that captures and liquefies carbon dioxide for use from industrial exhaust gases.

 

11:10 - 11:40

Understanding And Identifying Reflux In Ng Dehydrators Through Cfd

Speakers: François-Xavier Chiron, Axens and Alessandro Checchi, Resolvent

Drying natural gas is a mandatory step in a natural gas process unit, aiming at producing LNG. Strict specifications on water prior entering the cold box (typically 0.5 to 0.1 ppm vol.) impose the use of a dual bed composed by optimized alumina followed by molecular sieves. The desiccant is loaded in fixed beds that alternate between adsorption (drying downflow) and regeneration (heating upflow). That process is known as Temperature Swing Adsorption or TSA.


Drying is conveniently carried out at ambient temperature where water molecules are physisorbed (Van der Waals bonds) onto the molecular sieve. After a pre-determined duration, the water-saturated dryer is put into regeneration mode where the aim is to remove water from the desiccant by elevating the temperature with a hot gas stream. When the adsorbent temperature reaches some 110 – 130 °C, water desorbs from the desiccant and is entrained along the vessel together with the regeneration gas flow. The regeneration conditions have to
be carefully looked at since this transient operation brings the adsorbent material from ambient temperature to 280-290°C within a few hours. A well-known operational issue linked to the regeneration, is the condensation of water during the first moments of regeneration, on colder parts of the vessel. This phenomenon is known as reflux or retro-condensation. Liquid water can run along the vessel walls, fall onto the molesieve bed and destructure the binder that holds the zeolite crystals together, resulting in lump formation, pressure drop and premature molecular sieve change-out.


In that frame, Axens and Resolvent worked together on setting-up a CFD model that predicts the risks of condensation during the regeneration of such dehydrators. The model is developed using COMSOL™ and it is based on both industrial data and laboratory kinetic studies related to desorption of water on Axens’ 4A  molecular sieve. The model solves heat and mass transport coupled to the desorption reaction across the whole geometry and detects the risk of condensation. The whole regeneration cycle has been simulated where the hot gas is entering the system and heat-up gradually the bed. In the first moment of the regeneration, the bottom is hot while the top of the bed is still cold. The risk of condensation is therefore greater at the top of the vessel and depends on the vessel insulation as well as on the distribution of the water along the bed during the adsorption phase. Several cases were investigated with a focus on the impact of the bed ageing on the risk of reflux.

 

Body

Meet Our Conference Speakers

Gary Bowerbank
Section Title
Gary Bowerbank
Section Description
Manager Gas Processing Technology.

Gary has more than 20yrs experience Gas Processing in both Upstream and Downstream businesses. He is currently Manager Gas Processing, supporting EMEAR. Prior to this he has worked in various roles in Shell Gas Processing supporting a wide range of activities including, Process Lead for licensing projects, major Shell projects as well as supporting operational assets in upstream and downstream. He also spent 4.5 years fulfilling a number of roles in a joint venture refinery. He graduated in 2001 from UMIST with a MEng in Chemical Engineering and is a Chartered Engineer.

SESSION TITLE: Carbon Dioxide Capture options for Steam Methane Reforming based Hydrogen Manufacturing Units. Does your Refinery or Chemical Plant have a Steam Methane Reforming (Smr) based Hydrogen Manufacturing Unit?
SESSION TIME: 09:40am
Alessandro Checchi
Section Title
Alessandro Checchi
Section Description
Modelling specialist

M.Sc. Industrial Process and Materials Engineering, PhD Mechanical Engineering

Alessandro has a broad knowledge of various engineering topics ranging from chemical and materials engineering to mechanical design and process optimization, as well as of statistical methods.

His journey in the world of modelling began with the PhD at DTU in Mechanical engineering, where he implemented process and products digital twins within the framework of Industry 4.0 for tooling technologies. It progressed with the development of digital twins to aid product design and validation of electronic enclosure in relation to the risk of condensation and moisture damage for major industrial partners.

Earlier in his carrier, working for Danieli Automation Spa, he held a position as R&D engineer carrying out development of virtual tools to optimize production and quality and plants data analysis.

SESSION TITLE: Understanding And Identifying Reflux In Ng Dehydrators Through Cfd
SESSION TIME: 11:10
François-Xavier Chiron
Section Title
François-Xavier Chiron
Section Description
Technologist - Adsorbents & Claus Department.

François-Xavier started his career at BP in England and later joined Haldor Topsoe in Denmark as a process engineer working on developing Methanol, Formaldehyde and Methanation technologies. 3 years later he was promoted to technology manager in charge of syngas Methanation technologies.

In 2017, François-Xavier came back to France and joined Axens group in the Adsorbent and Claus department as technologist focused on Natural gas purification as well as Hydrogen and CO2.

François-Xavier Chiron holds a MSc degree in Chem. Eng. from CPE Lyon, a PhD in Chem. Eng. form the Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal and a degree in business development from DTU Business School in Copenhagen. He co-authored 8 articles and holds 5 patents.

SESSION TITLE: Understanding And Identifying Reflux In Ng Dehydrators Through Cfd
SESSION TIME: 11:10
Section Title
Paul Hudson
Section Description
Dr. Paul Hudson started at JM as an apprentice studying for a chemistry degree with the Open University whilst working in R&D from 2002. Paul completed an industrially based Doctorate in formulation engineering with the University of Birmingham and P&G 2008 – 2012 before returning to JM. Throughout his career Paul has worked for nearly 20 years in various role from R&D, through analytical, manufacturing and customer facing technical/commercial roles. Paul is based in the North East of England working out of the JM Chilton site in the JM Fuels and Energy business supporting key accounts and other gas purification customers in Europe.

SESSION TITLE: Natural Gas fuels the Energy Transition
SESSION TIME: 10:10
Body

Please find below details of the Session Passes available and associated costs.

Technical Meeting

Member: £50 / €60

Non-Member: £75 / €87

  • Full access to the Technical Meeting

 

AGM

Free of charge to GPA Europe members.

Body

Discover our Sponsorship Packages >>

 

GOLD (1 Sponsor only)

£1,000 /  €1,150

  • Your company logo featured on:
    • the opening slide of the session
    • promotional emails sent out to GPA Europe membership / mailing list, website, social media (LinkedIn)
    • logo and company description included in the newsletter sent out to GPA Europe membership / mailing list
    • free ¼ page advert in In Brief
  • Option to Host the session and introduce your company with a closing slide on session presentation with ‘message from our Sponsor’
  • Attendee list for each event

SILVER (1 Sponsor only)

£750 / €865

  • Your company logo featured on:
    • the opening slide of the session
    • promotional emails sent out to GPA Europe membership / mailing list, website, social media (LinkedIn)
    • logo and company description included in the newsletter sent out to GPA Europe membership / mailing list
    • free ¼ page advert in In Brief
  • Attendee list for each event

BRONZE (Multiple Sponsors)

£500 / €575

  • Your company logo featured on:
    • the opening slide of the session
    • promotional emails sent out to GPA Europe membership / mailing list, website, social media (LinkedIn)
    • logo and company description included in the newsletter sent out to GPA Europe membership / mailing list
  • Attendee list for each event

 

If you would like to investigate further sponsorship opportunities available, such as provision of marketing material, please contact us at [email protected]

My Licences

You have not purchased any GPA Europe Membership yet. Visit our Membership area to select the Membership that is right for you and checkout.