Category:Events

April 23rd, 2014

Electrochemical Processes for Bio-Oil Deoxygenation

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)
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Biomass fast pyrolysis yields oxygen rich (hydrogen deficient) hydrocarbons of inferior fuel quality. They contain upwards of 40 dry-weight % oxygen, whereas petroleum contains around 1%, so these bio-oils must be upgraded to be rightfully considered a replacement for liquid fossil fuels. Jack Ferrell of NREL’s National bioenergy Center spoke at the Spring Meeting about their program to develop electrochemical hydrodeoxygenation processes.

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April 22nd, 2014

2014 Spring Poster Session: Deb Grubbe, Near-Miss Management

By Douglas Clark | Comments (0)
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During the 2014 Spring Meeting Poster Session in New Orleans, Deb Grubbe of Near-Miss Management took a moment to talk to us about the company’s Dynamic Risk Analyzer.

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April 21st, 2014

Membrane Catalytic Reactors for Healthy Eating!

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)
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Because of the limitations inherent in current liquid hydrogenation technologies, the hydrodeoxygenation of pyrolysis bio-oils is proposed to be accomplished using a catalyzed membrane reactor. During preliminary trials with vegetable oils, an unexpected benefit was discovered in that the system yielded much less trans fats in the end product.

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April 15th, 2014

Interview with Ralph King: Transmitting Process Safety Knowledge

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Ralph King, a senior staff consultant at Stress Engineering Services, discusses the tutorial he presented at GCPS, which aims to encourage the effective transmission of collective knowledge about industry risk and safety.

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April 14th, 2014

Meagan Lewis Interviews Spring Speaker TJ Larkin

By Douglas Clark | Comments (0)
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2014 Spring Meeting Co-chair Meagan Lewis had a chance to chat with TJ Larkin, who spoke at the spring meeting on “Shale Oil & Gas – Don’t Let Communication Mistakes Cause an Accident.”

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April 14th, 2014

Modular Reactor Systems for Remote Waste-Gas Conversion

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)
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The difficulties in capturing and efficiently utilizing flare gas in the Northern Shale Oil fields are primarily ones of scale and lack of infrastructure. The Ceramatec corporation is working on cost effective modular solutions to this challenge of energy conservation and conversion.

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April 10th, 2014

Interview with OSHA’s Jordan Barab

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Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, gives an overview of Executive Order 13650, which aims to improve chemical facility and security.

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April 9th, 2014

RCN Conference on Pan American Biofuels and Bioenergy Sustainability

By Idell Bryan | Comments (0)

The implications of large-scale biofuels and bioenergy production on environmental systems and social conditions are largely unknown. Yet despite this lack of fundamental sustainability knowledge, there currently is a rapid movement toward the development of biofuels and bioenergy production systems in the Pan American region, which will likely lead to […]

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April 9th, 2014

The World Needs Engineering Judgment

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)
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William Banholzer, retired Dow Chemical CTO, gave an insightful and wide-ranging address on the the state of technology changes for the future, and the chemical engineer’s special capability to make sensible and better decisions for the direction of these changes, especially in the field of energy.

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April 8th, 2014

2014 Spring Poster Session: Operational Discipline with DuPont

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)
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Brian D. Rains, Global Operational Risk Management Leader at DuPont, discusses Operational Discipline at the 2014 Spring Meeting & 10th Annual GCGP Poster Session.

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