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Opportunity for Energy Efficiency: Smart Engineering of Pump Systems in Chemical Processes

Article published in Energy Efficiency: Business & Industry in November 2012

By Thomas Würsch

Complexity of chemicals

To optimise both safety and efficiency, the complexity of pumping chemicals requires smart engineering because fluid handling in the chemical industry is a complex process with many facets to be considered:

  • The huge variety of different fluids, such as acids, alkalis, solvents, slurries, etc., requires expertise about which technology and which material are best suited to each fluid.
  • Each fluid is either highly corrosive, abrasive, toxic, explosive, hazardous, dangerous or all of these together.
  • Each fluid may contain gas and smaller or larger amounts of solids, has varying temperatures, densities and viscosities, may crystallise under certain conditions or all of these together.
  • In chemical pumping processes, leakage may result in severe environ-mental harm and human fatalities and has to be avoided at all costs – without compromising on energy efficiency.

Each fluid needs the right selection of technology, material, impeller, containment shell, motor, VSD control and pump, as well as system planning.

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Launched in April 2011 during the EU Sustainable Energy Week, Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes (EEIP) is a technology-neutral cross-sectoral B2P (business to policy) platform dedicated to promoting industrial energy efficiency in Europe.

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