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    2018-07-03 09:30:00 03-07-2018 17:00:00 Europe/Amsterdam NL GUTS meeting Distillation - Thermal Separation     20180703 NLGUTS-Program-AkzoNobel Deventer - UK-final plus abstracts.pdf Program Subject/ theme:              Distillation, mass-transfer and thermal separations Date/time:                         Tuesday July 3rd 2018 /... Zutphenseweg 10, 7418 AJ Deventer Wridzer Bakker, Jeffrey Felix, Gerrald Bargeman noreply DD-MM-YYYY
By Albert Verver 192 days ago
Zutphenseweg 10, 7418 AJ Deventer
2018-07-03 09:30
2018-07-03 17:00
Wridzer Bakker, Jeffrey Felix, Gerrald Bargeman



20180703 NLGUTS-Program-AkzoNobel Deventer - UK-final  plus abstracts.pdf20180703 NLGUTS-Program-AkzoNobel Deventer - UK-final plus abstracts.pdf


Subject/ theme:              Distillation, mass-transfer and thermal separations

Date/time:                         Tuesday July 3rd 2018 / 09.30h-18.00h

Location:                           Akzo Nobel Chemicals Deventer

Address:                            Zutphenseweg 10, Deventer


09.30    Registration

10.00    Welcome: Gerrald Bargeman, AkzoNobel Chemicals – Safety-film

  • Morning presentations
  1. Sascha Kersten - UTwente
    • “Separation Technology at the SPT group“
  2. Gerrald Bargeman - AkzoNobel Chemicals,
    • “De-aeration of salt solutions using membrane contactors”
  3. Michel de Valk - Koch Modular,
    • “Distillation built Modular”
  4. Andrzej Górak, TU-Dortmund,
    • Distillation and beyond: old wine in new wineskins?”
  • NetworkLunch

  • NL GUTS specific topics, Wridzer Bakker / Anne van der Zwaan - ISPT:

Follow-up on RVO Funding TSE Energy Studies for rated project ideas with NLGUTS/ISPT contribution

  1. Update workshop Update Early Adopter Projects “from business drives and unmet technology needs to Early Adopter Project proposals”

Status report running Early Adopter Projects

14.00     Afternoon Presentations

  1. Rob Burghard - enerGQ, EAP project
    • “We Care (we create awareness and reduce energy)”
  2. Jose Luis Solá - RVT Process Equipment GmbH,
    • Distillation: technically mature technology or still under development
  3. Marleen Horsels - DSM Material Science Center,
    • Distillation workflow & how to get around pitfalls
  4. Marc Leeuw - S/park
    • Introduction S/park Open Innovation Center”

16.00     Facility tours* in two groups:

  1. S/park* - Marc Leeuw
  2. AkzoNobel Research, Development & Innovation – Gerrald Bargeman

~ 17.00 – 18.00 NetworkDrinks


Follow-up meeting: Think-tank NL GUTS






AEI – Rob Burghard

Artificial Energy Intelligence (AEI) is een door enerGQ ontwikkelde informatie technologie die wordt gekoppeld aan bestaande systemen. AEI geeft de operator het inzicht om het systeem zo zuinig mogelijk te laten opereren.

De kosten van het gebruik van de technologie staan in geen verhouding met de energie besparingen De terugverdientijd varieert van enkele maanden tot 1 jaar.

Zelfs al zijn er plannen om de huidige systemen op termijn te vervangen of aan te passen, dan nog loont het om tot die tijd het energiegebruik op deze wijze te minimaliseren.

Een belangrijk “bij-product” van deze technologie is de vroegtijdige signalering van afwijkingen in de systemen zodat storingen in de bedrijfsvoering voorkomen kunnen worden en daarmee verlies van waarde.

De enerGQ technologie wordt toegepast bij organisaties in de infra, de mobiele sector, gebouwde omgeving en last but not least de industrie. Binnen de laatst genoemde sector zijn energiebesparingen tot 30% haalbaar met een minimum van 5%.


Distillation built Modular - Michel de Valk

Koch Modular specializes in the design and supply of modular mass transfer systems. These are complete process units, pre-fabricated  in a module fabrication shop remote from the customer’s plant site. Modular systems are typically built indoors in a controlled, assembly-line fashion with all of the added efficiencies afforded by that practice/procedure.

Every modular distillation and chemical separation system is designed to meet the specific needs. Design could includ binary and multicomponent distillation, extractive distillation, azeotropic distillation, reactive distillation, batch distillation, liquid-liquid extraction, gas absorption, reaction kinetics, heat transfer, shell and tube exchanger design, fluid flow, instrumentation and control system automation.

The typical modular system will include columns, reactors, drums, decanters, heat exchangers, pumps and other types of process equipment, all mounted within a structural steel frame. A rigorous testing program is conducted before shipment to the field.

The presentation will give an insight in the steps taken from conceptual design up to commissioning.


Distillation workflow & how to get around pitfalls – Marleen Horsels

To conclude whether distillation can be applied for the separation of a mixture into the constituent components and to come to the right column design(s), one must follow a routine.

The routine or procedure may be evident; however, every step has its pitfalls, which may result in wrong conclusions and even worse, a wrong column design.

The routine will be presented, completed with some pitfalls, founded on practical experience.


Distillation and beyond: old wine in new wineskins? - Andrzej Górak 

TU Dortmund University,   Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, Laboratory of Fluid Separations  Emil‐Figge‐Straße 70, D‐44227 Dortmund, Germany, Tel.: +49 231‐755 23 23  andrzej.gorak@tu‐dortmund.de ; www.fvt.bci.tu‐dortmund.de     For more than 5,000 years distillation has been used as a method for separating binary and multicomponent liquid mixtures into pure components. Even today, it is amongst the most commonly applied separation technologies and is used on such a large scale worldwide that it is responsible for up to 50 % of both capital and operating costs in industrial processes. Distillation seems to be a mature technology, but it will continue to interest researchers and practitioners for the next decades because of its significant practical relevance as well as unsolved questions such as how to substantially reduce the energy footprint of chemical processing.

Process intensification is commonly mentioned as one of the most promising development paths for the chemical processing industry. It aims for the following goals: maximize the effectiveness of intra- and intermolecular events, give each molecule the same processing experience, optimize the driving forces at every scale and maximize the synergistic effects from partial processes through combining functions. In realization of the above-mentioned principles, the multiscale application of fundamental PI approaches involves four domains: spatial, energy, functional, and temporal. 

Intensification of distillation is spatial domain leads to new column internals like high-performance packings and trays or sandwich structured packings, used for reactive or non-reactive distillation. Another approach is to minimize the column diameter in micro-distillation, exploiting differences in the surface tension between separated components.  Modular units for distillation allow for better scaleup. Process Intensification in the energy domain results either from superimposition of the chemical potential driving force and different forms of an energy supply (electric fields, acoustic fields, high gravity) or from the combination of heat and mass transfer driving forces within one apparatus (internal heat integration, divided wall column). Alternative energy sources such as microwave, plasma, ultrasound, electric fields, and light have the potential to improve chemical syntheses in terms of energy and resource efficiency. Currently, practical applications of alternative energy sources such as microwaves are far from ready for application in distillation. Ultrasound can be used to increase the mass-transfer area rather than as a source for energy input or to enhance enzymatic activity in bioreactive distillation. A “success story” of distillation intensification in functional domain is reactive distillation, which is the simultaneous realization of a chemical reaction and a distillative separation. Today it is possible to recover carboxylic acids produced by fermentation or to separate chiral substances using enzymatic reactive distillation. The big challenge is the development of megaequipment and better integration of distillation with other unit operations such as pervaporation (a membrane process for the purification of liquid mixtures), vapour permeation, organic solvent nanofiltration, and extraction to form so called hybrid separations. In temporal domain new development in cyclic distillation allow for substantial reducing of investment costs, while using special distillation trays. A cyclic distillation column has an operating cycle consisting of two periods: a vapor flow period, when vapor flows upwards through the column and liquid remains stationary on each plate, and a liquid flow period when the vapor flow is stopped, reflux and feed liquid are supplied, and the liquid is dropped from each tray to the one below, by gravity.

This paper discusses the newest developments in distillation intensification, gives examples for industrial case studies and shows practical applications of sophisticated mathematical tools for conceptual distillation design, used for identifying optimal separation schemes, process modelling, and optimization of intensified distillations.